Matt Cordle posted a video online this week saying that he “killed a man.”  He was referring to killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in a drunken-driving crash in June.

“I take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family,” Cordle says in the video.

duiconfessionThe 22-year-old has not been officially charged, but Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said that Cordle is a suspect in the crash and that a grand jury will be asked to indict him for aggravated vehicular homicide.  Cordle begins the video by telling the story about how he was out with a friend, drinking heavily, and losing control the night of June 22nd.  He says he wants the video to be a warning to others.

“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,” he says.

He says that when he is charged, he will plead guilty.  The video was posted on a website called “because I said I would” which provides a place for people to make promises to one another.  The founder of the website, Alex Sheen, said that Cordle reached out to him through Facebook.

“There are a lot of emotions…at play here, so we stay in touch as much as possible,” Sheen said. “Matt is doing as well as he can. He’s upset that people are calling his act of confession ‘courageous’ rather than focusing on the real issue: drinking and driving kills innocent people.”

Cordle’s lawyer, George Breitmayer said that he didn’t know about the video beforehand, “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…proceedings.”  Canzani was driving when he was struck by a driver going the wrong way on I-670 near Columbus, Ohio.  A Toyota Tundra was driving the wrong way and hit the Jeep, driven by Canzani, at about 3 a.m.  Canzani died at the scene.  Canzani was a veteran and photographer.  He studied at Columbus College of Art and Design and served in the Navy as a missile tech from 1980 to 1986.

  1. Lon Spector says:

    They should let him go. How many people would admit to it?


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