Matthew Cordle, a 22-year old Ohio man made a YouTube video confessing in killing Vincent Canzani after driving down the wrong-way into oncoming traffic on Interstate 670.
The video, titled “I killed a man.” was recorded on August 27th and released on September 3rd under the YouTube account, “becauseisaidiwould” and since then has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. [WATCH BELOW.]
Because I said I would is a social movement dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise. To encourage positive change and acts of kindness, they send “promise cards” to anywhere in the world at no cost.
The group explained on their site that Cordle got in contact with them through Facebook. “We receive thousands of messages each month, but this particular message was unfortunately unique,” the description said. “I decided to help because the man who is sitting in this chair has something to say that I believe you should hear.”
The site continued to press the importance of not drinking and driving, and has posted to Facebook its own promise card of commitment. The sponsor “Because I said I would” has been very verbal on social media sites about taking the correct message from the video.
“After releasing Matthew’s confession video, many positive comments about Matt have been posted to this page, YouTube and several other sites. While Matt certainly made an honorable decision to confess, Because I said I would. does not believe that Matt should be praised as a “hero.” Matt made an irresponsible choice to drink and drive that ended an innocent man’s life. Matt decided to release this video because he wants to raise awareness about the dangerous and irreversible consequences of drinking and driving. If that message is not heard… if viewers do not make the commitment to never drink and drive, then the video has certainly failed in its mission. I urge all supporters of “because I said I would” to join me in honoring the memory of Vincent Canzani with this promise: “I will never drink and drive.”
“Share” this message if you promise to never drink and drive. #saveyourvictim”
Cordle’s video consists of declaring, “My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession”.
He proceeds to describe the night of the accident, “On that particular night, I made a mistake and got in my truck completely blacked out and decided to try and drive home. I ended up going down the wrong way on the highway, directly into oncoming traffic and I struck a car. I killed a man.”
“By making this video, I know exactly what it means. I’m giving prosecutors everything they need to put me away for a very long time. But I’m willing to take that sentence, for just one reason, so I can pass this message on to you. I beg you… I’m begging you, please don’t drink and drive.”
Cordle was booked into Franklin County Jail on Monday afternoon, declining to comment, taken from the advice of his lawyers.
He’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and his lawyers say he will plead guilty. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Cordle faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
The victim’s daughter, Angela Canzani, told NBC News that she believes Cordle is attempting to lighten his punishment with the video.
Cordle’s attorneys stated that he didn’t make the video in hopes of winning a light sentence, “The way he wanted to proceed was take responsibility for what he’s done, and he’s been steadfast in that desire since he came and talked to us to begin with,” said attorney George Breitmayer. “Even if that means a full sentence.”
Matthew Cordle ends the video by begging viewers not to drink and drive, “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,” Cordle says. Then a message appears: “Make the promise to never drink and drive.”
I Killed a Man Video
“I killed a man.” YouTube video from Matthew Cordle confessing to killing a man while drunk driving.