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YouTube drunk-driving confession: Matthew Cordle admits to hitting and killing Vincent Canzani.


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The above video was published on YouTube on Tuesday, but largely went unnoticed until this morning. In it, a 22-year-old Ohio man takes responsibility for a summer car crash that left a 61-year-old man dead. "My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession," Cordle says after explaining that he was "blackout" drunk when he got behind the wheel and drove the wrong way on the interstate, eventually crashing head-on into Canzani's vehicle.

To be clear, Cordle isn't confessing to a crime that he had not already been linked to, only one that he had not yet been charged with. Although he had not previously been named publicly, police had identified him internally as the driver of the wrong-way vehicle and say they were simply waiting to finish their full investigation before taking the next step. (Medical staff at the hospital where Cordle was taken following the crash described him as "very, very drunk.")

"I beg you, and I say the word beg specifically, I’m begging you, please don’t drink and drive," Cordle says at the end of his online confession. "Don’t make the same excuses that I did. Don’t say it’s only a few miles or you’ve only had a few beers. ... I can’t bring Mr. Canzani back, and I can’t erase what I have done, but you can still be saved. Your victims still can be saved."

I'm beginning to believe that people should have to get a license to drink.

I mean, we have to get licenses to drive or get a gun. And drinking can be very dangerous too.

We need vehicle ignition systems that won't start with an illegal BAC.

Compare and contrast human behaviors:

http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/29/atlanta-hawks-head-coach-michael-budenholzer-dui-arrest/

We need self driving cars. That TMZ link is scary.

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