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Man in death crash video confession

Published 06/09/2013|03:46

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Matthew Cordle has confessed in a video posted online that he is to blame for a wrong-way car crash (AP/becauseisaidiwould.com)

An Ohio driver has confessed in a video posted online that he is to blame for a wrong-way car crash stemming from a night of heavy drinking that killed another man and said he is willing to take "full responsibility".

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The three-and-a-half-minute video, posted on at least two websites on Tuesday, shows 22-year-old Matthew Cordle describing what led to the accident in which he killed the man three months ago.

"My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," he says sombrely. "This video will act as my confession."

Cordle says in the video he "made a mistake" when he decided to drive his truck home after "drinking really heavily" and hit the other car, killing 61-year-old Mr Canzani.

The video begins with Cordle's face blurred as he describes how he has struggled with depression and was simply trying to have a good time with friends going "from bar to bar" the night of the accident. He then describes how he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on a highway.

Cordle's face becomes clear as he reveals his name and confesses to killing Mr Canzani.

"When I get charged I'll plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family," Cordle says. Later, he says he understands that by releasing the video he is giving prosecutors "everything they need to put me away for a very long time".

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said on Thursday Cordle was a suspect in the deadly crash but had not been charged. Mr O'Brien said he saw the video on Wednesday and downloaded a copy on to a CD as evidence. He said he will 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. Mr O'Brien said Cordle's blood sample from the night of the crash tested positive for alcohol and negative for drugs.

Defence lawyer George Breitmayer III said the video "is a strong testament" to Cordle's character. He said Cordle intends to co-operate with prosecutors.

Police in June said Mr Canzani died at the scene after his Jeep was struck. Cordle ends the video confession by "begging" viewers to not drink and drive.

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