A 22-year-old Ohio man has confessed in a video posted online that he's to blame for a wrong-way crash following a night of heavy drinking that killed another man.
The 3 1/2 minute video, set to somber music and posted Tuesday, begins with a pixelated image of Matthew Cordle stating in a disguised voice, “I killed a man.”
Cordle continues by describing the events leading up to the death of 61-year-old Navy veteran Vincent Canzani.
"My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession,” he says in the video.
Cordle, who says he suffers from depression, said that he blacked out while behind the wheel.
“I was out with some friends. We were all drinking really heavily – just hopping from bar to bar … just trying to have a good time, and I lost control,” he says in the video.
“On that particular night I made a mistake and got in my truck, completely blacked out and decided to try to drive home.”
Cordle said that he proceeded to drive into oncoming traffic and consequently struck another car. Canzani was pronounced dead on the scene after his Jeep collided with Cordle’s on Interstate 670, the Associated Press reports.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien on Thursday told the Associated Press that Cordle was a suspect in the deadly crash but hadn't been charged.
O'Brien said he saw the video on Wednesday and downloaded a copy onto a CD as evidence. He said he'll ask a grand jury to indict Cordle for aggravated vehicular homicide with an alcohol specification, a charge that carries a maximum of eight years in prison upon conviction, reports the AP.
"When I get charged I'll plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family," Cordle says in the video.
Defense attorney George Breitmayer III said Cordle intends to cooperate with prosecutors.
Cordle ends the video by pleading viewers to never drink and drive.
“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 fades to black and the words "make the promise to never drink and drive" appear on screen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
First published September 6 2013, 7:13 AM