Perpetrating a hit-and-run can be all too easy. You screw up, nobody catches you, you get away with it. But living with the guilt on your conscience can be another matter entirely, especially when the hit you're running away from caused someone's death.

That's what Matthew Cordle apparently felt recently after drunkenly crashing into and killing one Vincent Canzani on June 22, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Cordle was apparently returning home from a night on the town when he drove his truck onto the wrong side of Interstate 670 into oncoming traffic and struck Canzani's Jeep. Canzani succumbed to his injuries on the scene. Cordle was advised by attorneys that he could have gotten away with it, but his conscience led him to post a video confession on YouTube instead.

Prosecutors will reportedly indict Cordle for aggravated vehicular homicide with an "alcohol specification," which could, if convicted, put Cordle away for as many as eight years. Cordle was apparently aware of the consequences behind confessing, and did so in order to discourage others from drinking and driving. Scroll down below to see the video confession.


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      Jacel
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is good that he confessed. We all make mistakes, but like everyone who makes one, you have to pay the price. He killed a another person and now he has to pay with up to 8 years. Whether he confesses or not the fact of the matter is he killed a person.
      mazeroni
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a self-involved *******. I killed a man, but it was because of these other things that have nothing to do with me. Tehy are a result of me but I didn't like who I am so it wasn't really my fault, but I'll take responsibility anyway. I am a martyr. This is my video about what I did. Me, I, me, I, me, I. I did these things but instead of going to the police station and confessing to professionals or seeking out the family of the victim to apologize, I'm going to make a video and use my guilt to attain empathy so that I can be the hero. I'm a nobody who would otherwise rot in jail, but now I have a way of gaining notoriety if I play sappy music and turn myself into a victim. I hope he gets lots of interviews, a book deal, and can turn this situation into something profitable for himself. He knows how the culture of the internet works well enough to get undeserved sympathy.
        Henry Z. Floyd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mazeroni
        At no point did he say, or even imply, "it wasn't really my fault". You honestly think that he confessed a killing to the entire world to benefit himself? You look at someone who is straight-up admitting that he killed someone, and telling other people not to make his mistakes, and think he's being selfish? He only has 8 years in jail, he wouldn't rot in jail either way. He knows that he's going out to face the public again later in his life. He knows that, if he didn't make this video, he would go unnoticed and have an easy-peasy life, and he knows that this video will hurt his self-image, give him instant recognition as a murderer, someone who made an awful decision. But he still did it.
          mazeroni
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry Z. Floyd
          You don't understand how narcissism works. He didn't admit to killing the person. He said lying got him off scott free. Yes, he is facing the world, but that world is much kinder because he took the time to produce a video and share it before being officially charged. He didn't have to make this video. That is the point. Admitting to killing the guy the first time would have made him the villain. He lied so his image wouldn't be tarnished. He waited until his own self-obsession was broken by what he did and consumed him, but instead of making things right by confessing, he turned this into a teaching moment about how brave, courageous, and genuine he is. He could have gone and said "I did this" at a police station. He didn't, he waited for the police to come and file charges against him. Look at what you are saying. You are empathising with him as a victim. You are defending him all the way without regard for how absolutely selfish it is to drink and drive and at the same time take someone elses life. That is the definition of selfish. Where, in the whole of this video did he regard the actual victim or their family beyond a brief mention hidden underneath his own vanity, suffering, pain, sappy music, and quality lighting and camera work. 'Rot in jail' is more a figure of speech than a literal translation into duration of time incarcerated.
          Vien Huynh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry Z. Floyd
          @mazeroni: wow... you watch a youtube video and instantly know this guy is a narcissist... Whether you like him or not, he admit the crime and will face jail time... it won't be pretty and you seriously think something like a autobiography or book can save him financially afterward....(which we know it is not for sure). I don't know why you think everyone automatically think he is brave and courageous after watching the clip, but I just think, dam, you killed a guy, ran away and now you admitted it. You going to pay for your crime, and the next day, I will forget about this guy totally.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry Z. Floyd
          Mazeroni, buddy. Go watch the video again. He did admit to killing a man.
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        @mazeroni
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        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mazeroni
        He never said it was not his fault. That was from the heart. He doesnt like who he becomes. Despite that, he owned up to it like a man.
        Vien Huynh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mazeroni
        Then please explain to me, why risk doing so because he could get away with it. Years of jail? Really?
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Admirable, but epicly stupid. Yes you destroyed one life, but why also destroy your own life? The damage is already done, the confession won't fix it. Learn from your mistakes but go on.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        Why destroy your own life? Wake up, the guilt alone will guarantee you have no life. He did the right thing.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        I think you post can be summed up as "No matter what your own selfish acts cause others, always think about yourself and only yourself." I'm guessing you have no true friends.
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        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        The fact that you brought sex into this and used the term "beau" tells me all I need to know.
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          @Winnie Jenkems
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      BillyM67
      • 1 Year Ago
      I knew there were some jerks posting on this site, but I never knew just how many. If he wanted to get away with it why make the video? As he said, he already got away with it. He could just lie, like so many others have done in the past, and get a slap on the wrist. Instead, he is being a man, unlike so many on this site, and taking responsibility. You people make me sick!
        Hoeby
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BillyM67
        I don't care about what he is doing here whether it is legit or not. Fact is he is another spoilt drunk driver and I feel the same about all of them. Lock em up! There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel of the lethal weapon that is a car while drunk. Do it and you deserve any sentence you get.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BillyM67
        BS, he couldn't get away with it. He was already busted, they already tested his blood to show he was piss drunk, and he was in his car, in the accident, and in the hospital. Since he went to so many different bars, there was probably even evidence of that. There was no shred of doubt that he would be convicted. You're so gullible to buy his "I could have gotten away with this" nonsense. He could have avoided the trial entirely without making a video and just plead guilty to the prosecution's felony vehicular manslaughter, but he's clearly trying to con some saps to sympathize with him as a victim of alcohol abuse and depression that's doing the right thing to get a lesser sentence. If you really think he could have gotten away with this, I have a bridge I'd sell you. And let me remind you this was no accident. It was a deliberate total disregard for everyone else's safety when he CHOSE WHILE SOBER IN ADVANCE to drive himself while bar hopping and taking drink after drink after drink at different bars. He outright planned to drive drunk that night, and his plan resulted in the death of an innocent man with a family that now have to bury the mangled remains this weekend. Try to think about that before pinning a medal on your hero.
          ThinkAboutIt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          100% agree with Ducman69, couldn't have said it better myself.
      windexsunday
      • 1 Year Ago
      He was already a suspect, which he probably knew, but hadn't been charged. This was nothing more than a calculated move to try and get the best sentence possible. The really sad part is because he did this and the media attention it garnered, he will probably be able to take his infamous 15 minutes of fame and turn it into money down the road.
        ryanm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @windexsunday
        who ******* cares if he makes money, if he persuades even a few people not to drink and drive and possibly end up in his situation then it was a successful video. Also his lawyer said he could get him off with no punishment and he went behind his back to turn himself in, he's willing to take full responsibility.
          Duck
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ryanm
          "his lawyer said he could get him off with no punishment" No, that's just something that he said in his carefully prepared and edited commercial after he killed an innocent person. Its against the law for a lawyer to ask a defendant to lie in court, so I can assure you the lawyer would never admit to something like that.
          MotionDesigner
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ryanm
          Duck, do you think lawyers are honest people? Especially defense attorneys?
        M Lange
        • 1 Year Ago
        @windexsunday
        Well, that and ad revenue from the Youtube video.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cynical view of this would obviously say he was just trying to get the minimum sentence possible. OK, that's fine. Anyone who is in the same situation would do that as well. Good behavior while serving time, even, in return for the earliest parole. You can't fault him for that. So take it a step further and ask, has he provided a value to society by doing this? Absolutely. It's one of the most powerful anti-drunk driving messages you'll ever see, to see what seems to be a truly remorseful person who has even only recently caused this tragedy. Even the prosecuter who will file the charges remarked that it was such. So ease up and accept this for what it is, and put your focus on the message. Share his story and the reality of it, so that people might make a different decision. What good does it do for you to want him doubly punished for the crime. He will pay his pennance the same as others who are guilty, and it will be a sentence which is within the guidelines for offenders, which accounts for people who deserve lighter sentences on account of their behavior and opportunity for redemption.
      hemijohn
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guys a douche, if it was a member of my family he killed, then posted this "I'm a victim" style video, i'd sue the living sh*t out him and whoever let this guy get behind the wheel drunk.
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hemijohn
        He's not claiming to be a victim. He's asking the viewer to learn from his failure.
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      No film credits? This was a professionally produced video. Who was the filmographer/director? This was a calculated attempt to gain sympathy and $$ for his lawyers.
        Justin Emerson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        http://becauseisaidiwould.com/about/ Here you go, they made the video
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        @Edsel
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      Hoeby
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sure there are many inmates in jail that will find him awfully "purdy". As in "put that purdy mouth on......." Irresponsible murdering idiot. I have no sympathy.
        SetNick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hoeby
        Everyone should have the opportunity to right a wrong. The message is important and he did as he should have. Talking about what others might think or say in jail is childish Hoeby. These are the types of comments that have devalued information sourced from the internet...so for that I thank you.
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Preemptive confession. He knew they were on to him, but the sad fact is he's a coward. He killed a man and ran away.
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      scumbag
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