A little more than two months ago, on June 22, a 22-year-old Ohio man named Matthew Cordle caused an car accident in which he says he killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani. In the wake of the incident, he became a suspect but did not come forward ... until this week, when he confessed in a video confession that he's to blame for a wrong-way car crash stemming from a night of heavy drinking, "hopping from bar to bar" with friends.
He explains how he drinks because he struggles with depression ... And how he got out of control and made a terrible mistake when he got in his truck intoxicated and says he's willing to take "full responsibility."
Putting all of his cards on the table, Cordle confessed that he spoke with some high-powered attorneys who told him that in similar cases, people in his position had been let off. They said they could get his blood sample from the night of the crash could be thrown out. All he'd have to do would be "lie." But Cordle says he "won't go down that path." He doesn't want to "dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened." He explains:
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. So, please ... make the promise to never drink and drive.
Wow ... Cordle's confession is, of course, a major eye-opener and nothing short of heartbreaking for all involved. The prosecutor in the trial says he'll 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. Meanwhile, the defense attorney said that Cordle intends to cooperate with prosecutors and that the video confession is "a strong testament" to Cordle's character.
I feel like I couldn't agree more. As egregious a crime as he committed, and as much as he should be punished for taking a man's life as a result of his utterly irresponsible decision-making, it takes a lot of nerve to come forward in this way. In such a public, straightforward, open, and honest way. He deserves credit for that. What he did was the best possible thing he could have done in the wake of the tragedy he caused. Granted, it would have been preferable if he had come forward sooner ...
But it seems like now he's more than willing and able to do the time and do whatever he can to prevent others from following in his footsteps. And really, what more can any human whose made such a horrible mistake be asked to do?
Here's the video confession in its entirety ...
Do you believe Cordle did the right thing by coming forward this way? Should he ultimately be forgiven?
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