Matthew Cordle 'I killed a man' video: Accused drunk driver posts YouTube video confession

Vincent Canzani was killed in the crash

(WXYZ) - A viral video on YouTube has many people talking about the consequences of drinking and driving.


Posted on September 3, the video, called "I killed a man.", is an accused drunk driver's confession to causing a fatal accident.  It was posted by the Ohio based website because I said I would .

The video confession comes despite the fact that the driver, Matthew Cordle, is not currently facing charges in the accident.

The chilling video starts out with Cordle's identity obscured by pixelation on the video and voice modulation. He begins his confession with the words "I killed a man."



Cordle then explains the circumstances of the night of the accident, saying he was out bar hopping and drinking heavily with friends.

He then says he drinks to combat depression and "get out of my head for a few hours" before saying, "I really don't like the person I become when I drink," and that he "generally [becomes] a person that people don't like being around."

Then Cordle talks about the accident.

"On that particular night I made a mistake and got behind the wheel of my truck, completely blacked out and decided to try and drive home," he says. "I ended up going the wrong way down the highway, directly into oncoming traffic and I struck a car. I killed a man."

The fatal accident was covered by the Columbus, Ohio's ABC affiliate, WSYX-TV. The station reports that Cordle was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-670 when he slammed head on into a Jeep, before hitting a minivan. Vincent Canzani was killed in the crash. 

In his video, Cordle says that following the accident he consulted with lawyers who said there were similar cases where the drivers got off. He says the attorneys were convinced they could get the blood test thrown out - if he would lie.

 Cordle then says, "Well, I won't go down that path."

He then reveals his true face and voice, speaking directly to the camera and saying, "My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession."

Cordle then says that when he gets charged, he will plead guilty and "take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family."

He then says that if he took a different route, maybe he could get a reduced sentence or even get off completely. But, "I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened.

Cordle then speaks directly to the viewers of the video.

"By releasing this video, I know exactly what it means," Cordle says. "I've handed the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time. But I'm willing to take that sentence for just one reason and that reason [is] so I can pass this message on to you. I beg you - and I say the word beg specifically - I'm begging you, please don't drink and drive. Don't make the same excuses I did. Don't say it's only a few miles, or you've only had a few beers, or you do it all the time, it'll never happen to you, because it happened to me."

Cordle says all of those 'reasons' are just excuses "to make yourself feel better about a decision that you know is wrong and could cost lives."

He ends the video by saying, "I can't bring Mr. Canzani back and I can't erase what I've done. But you can still be saved. Your victims can still be saved. So, please."

The video then shows the text "make the promise to never drink and drive." and the hashtag "#saveyourvictim.

The website that posted the video, because I said I would. , was founded by Toledo native Alex Sheen. who says he started it to remember the best of his father, a man who always kept his promises.

In posting the video, Sheen writes they were contacted by Cordle through Facebook. He also writes that while the video has a message everyone should hear and that Cordle is truly remorseful for his actions, Sheen feels that he "Absolutely" deserves years in prison because "Drinking and driving is a serious crime; we must treat it as such."

Sheen also writes he is taking the video's message to heart and will never drink and drive. He also encourages his readers to make - and keep - the same promise.

According to WSYX-TV, the Franklin County, Ohio prosecutors office says no charges have been filed because these cases can take a while to move through the court system. However, the station says a spokesperson for the prosecutor told them the video could help move the case along.



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