COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A young man said he deserves to go to prison in an online video he posted warning against drunk driving.
“My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani,” Cordle said in the video.
Cordle has not been formally charged in the crash.
“When I get charged, I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family,” Cordle said in the video.
On the night a wrong-way driver crashed into Canzani’s vehicle on Interstate 670, Cordle, 22, reportedly told police that he had been drinking.
The admission was verified by the medical staff at Grant Medical Center, who described Cordle as being very, very drunk.
Now, Cordle describes himself as remorseful. In the video, Cordle admitted that he consulted high-powered attorneys.
“They were convinced I could get my blood test thrown out, and all I would have to do is lie,” he said.
Cordle said he won’t dishonor Canzani’s memory by denying what he did.
George Breitmayer III, Cordle’s attorney, told NBC4 that he won’t comment on the case, but said the video shows, “Matthew’s character, bravery, and integrity, and I know he fully intends to cooperate with law enforcement and Franklin County prosecutors throughout the course of any future criminal proceedings.”
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the video will become part of the case he is building against Cordle.
Cordle said he knows the video could mean that he’s going to jail for a very long time, but he accepted the risk because he has a message to share.
“I beg you and I say the word beg specifically — I’m begging you. Please don’t drink and drive,” he said.