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  1. Joyce, I appreciate this article because it demonstrates that SOME people who do very stupid things will generate the courage to stand up, stand accountable, and make a true apology.

    I have done some very, very stupid things that could have resulted in injury or death, and I am NOT proud of these choices that I made. But, the “Grace Of God” was always present, and, luckily, nothing “bad” ever happened. Today, I am very aware of my own mortality and the safety of others. I do not drink and drive – I might enjoy a glass of wine a couple of times a year, these days.

    My worst fear is that I’ll hit someone when I’m driving, and I don’t know how anyone deals with such guilt, I really don’t.

  2. If my son behaved in this manner, I would want him to come forward, and as awful as this situation is, I hope that his parents are proud and supportive of him. It’s one of those “good news–bad news” situations, the good news is “your son has a conscience and stands up for his bad choices, the bad news is, he got drunk and hit and killed another driver, and then ran.”

    I do hope that the judge will take that into consideration but he may not, and I do think the young man deserves *some* time behind bars but not decades. I also think there should be some financial responsibility as well, not a crushing amount where he can’t work and live, but enough that it is serious compensation to the family. I also think there should be a public education segment, where for 10 years he must go 1 day a month to speak at schools talking about what he did.

    I think that he might have a pretty good impact on teens who drink and drive. It is difficult to prove a negative but if only one life is saved, it would be worthwhile.

    • Joyce, I think the thing about this article is that bad things happen when we make stupid choices. Sometimes, LETHAL things happen. I don’t believe for one minute that Cordle went somewhere and drank himself into oblivion with the INTENT to run down and kill Canzani, but that was the RESULT of his stupid choices.

      Now………..whether or not Cordle’s accountability and courage will have ANY impact upon anyone is doubtful to me, especially where teenagers are concerned. I wish that these types of things would give them pause for thought, but I don’t think that most teenagers have a clue about personal responsibility – I know that I sure didn’t. I had read, seen, and heard all about the ravages of stupidity during my adolescent years. My mother was a huge fan of Dear Abby and Ann Landers, and I frequently (almost daily) would discover clipped articles tucked into school books, and so forth. But, I was “different.” LMAO!!!!

      I agree that one life saved is worthwhile. That’s why I read, post, respond, and seek guidance – if just ONE person learns, retains, and applies ANYTHING from my personal experiences that saves them from similar experiences, then……it’s a life saved.

  3. Oh, Truthy, I agree, NOTHING is going to stop all teens from stupid choices! LOL Remember, I was one too! (a teen making stupid choices) LOL But I think every voice raised does SOME good, because if we don’t raise our voices for GOOD, then evil flourishes.

  4. Add me to the list of names on the wall of those who have made stupid choices and huge mistakes. I have done my share as have others and as Truthy said, But for the Grace of God…

    I agree that his honesty should be rewarded in some way, but also not so much that he doesn’t learn from it.

  5. I read an article about him yesterday, an op ed piece that asked if he is a “villein or a hero”? but you know he IS A VILLEIN because of the consequences to that poor man he killed, but he is NOT in my opinion a hero, he is just DOING RIGHT in turning himself in. I don’t think we should get blue ribbons for doing what we SHOULD do. I realize that him doing right in this case is a very courageous step when he might have gotten away with it and had no consequences for himself, so he does get a “courageous” button in my opinion, but doing right even if it is hard is what we SHOULD DO. Yet many times people don’t do right. Like lying an alibi for their kid or their spouse, or keeping their mouths shut when they know who committed a crime.

    Society would run much better if people lived by teh “do right” rule, but I admit I’ve failed to live up to this standard many times in the past, but now I work very hard to live by the DO RIGHT RULE. It ain’t easy for me, and I can only imagine the courage and conscience that made this young man turn himself in. God bless him for that courage.

  6. UPDATE: Cordle, 22, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide Monday and booked into Franklin County Jail. He declined to comment on the advice of his lawyers.

    Cordle is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and his lawyers say he will plead guilty as soon as possible. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Cordle faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

    READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/09/matthew-cordle-charged_n_3894568.html?utm_hp_ref=crime

  7. Another UPDATE:
    Mother of driver who admitted killing man in confessional DUI video says she’s proud of her son as he is taken into custody facing sentence of EIGHT years

    Matthew Cordle, 22, admitted to killing Vincent Canzani, 61, during a June drunken hit-and-run accident in in Ohio
    Now he faces up to eight and a half years behind bars
    Cordle’s mother, Kari Cordle, shared her son’s video on her Facebook page Saturday and said she is ‘proud of his courage and strength to see this through’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2416515/Matthew-Cordle-Mother-drunk-driver-admitted-killing-man-confessional-DUI-video-says-shes-proud-son.html
    The post drew supportive comments from friends, including one person who had lost a family member to a drunk driver

    By Daniel Bates and Hayley Peterson

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