Drunken driver confesses in online video

Man releases online video confession in drunken driving death. (Source: YouTube)
Man releases online video confession in drunken driving death. (Source: YouTube)

COLUMBUS, OH (WBNS/CNN) - An Ohio man admits he drove drunk, he admits he killed someone, and he made the admissions online - before he'd even been charged.

"My name is Matthew Cordle on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," he said in the video.

His words are direct. His reason stated clearly.

"This video will act as my confession," he said. "I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened."

His mind is also aware of the consequences.

"I'm handing the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time," Cordle said.

With his confession, Cordle has a blunt message for others.

"I'm begging you please don't drink and drive," he said.

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

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.

"It was a compelling piece of video," he said.

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

O'Brien's office had stalled on charges.

"I was awaiting some toxicology test results that would show the presence or absence of drugs in addition to alcohol," he said.

That is not necessary now. O'Brien has plans to accelerate the case.

"We can probably go ahead and file charges within the next week," he said.

Shock waves in the DA's office rolled all the way to Cordle's attorney's office.

"I was unaware that he released the video," Cordle's attorney George Breitmayer said.

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," he said.

Cordle chose an unusual outlet for his message, a website called "because I said I would," which provides a way for people to make public commitments, it's the mission of the founder 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 said.

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

"I think that this message can impact others like that," he said.

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