Drunken driver video confession

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:57pm

An Ohio man admits he drove drunk, he admits he killed someone and he made the admission online, before he'd even been charged, Shelby Croft reports.

Matthew Cordle, "My name is Matthew Cordle on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani."

His words are direct, "This video will act as my confession."

His reason stated clearly, "I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened."

His mind aware of the consequences, "I'm handing the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time."

With his confession, Matthew Cordle has a blunt message for others, "I'm begging you please don't drink and drive."

Ron O'Brien, Prosecutor, "Boy I've never seen one like this before, I would tell you that."

O'Brien's seen a lot in his 17 years as prosecutor but never a taped confession, on the Internet, before charges have ever been filed.

Ron O'Brien, "It was a compelling piece of video."

He watched intently as Cordle describes how he got in his truck June 22nd after bar hopping, drove the wrong way on 670 and hit and killed Vincent Canzani.

O'Brien's office has stalled on charges, "Was awaiting some toxicology test results that would show the presence or absence of drugs in addition to alcohol."

Not necessary now, O'Brien plans to accelerate the case, "Can probably go ahead and file charges within the next week."

Shock waves in the DA's office rolled all the way to Cordle's attorney's office, George Breitmayer III, "I was unaware that he released the video."

Shelby Croft, "Did you know he was going to do it?"

George Breitmayer III, "I did not."

Breitmayer made a brief statement over the phone about  his client, "The video he released is a testament to both his integrity and his character and I know that he intends to fully cooperate throughout the tenancy of all these proceedings ."

Cordle chose an unusual outlet for his message, a website called Because I Said I Would? A way for people to make public commitments, the mission of Powell native Alex Sheen.

Alex Sheen, "What he did cannot be reversed or made up for, but he wanted to do something to put good back into the world."

Sheen knew the project was controversial and firmly believes Matthew's confession should not be praised, rather raise the issue of drinking and driving.

Alex Sheen, "I think that this message can impact others like that."

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