I guess everyone has done something stupid, with or without long-lasting consequences to themselves or to others. Matthew Cordle made some bad decisions and got behind the wheel of a vehicle when he was drunk. The consequences to Matthew are life changing, but to Mr. Canzani the man he killed, the consequence of Matthew’s decision was death.
Yesterday Matthew made his confession on the Internet in a video where he tells what he did.
I applaud the young man though for finally coming forward and confessing to what he did and standing up to take the consequences. It, I am sure, must have taken a great deal of courage at this point to “do the right thing” and turn himself in knowing the consequences to himself and life as he has known it are going to be grave.
I am personally very opposed to people who drink/drug and drive, as I have lost people close to me because someone made that decision and it cost my friends and my relative their lives. Drinking and driving is a choice, usually made while the judgment is impaired by the alcohol, but still it is a choice. It is not I don’t think a “mistake” it is a choice.
Still, I applaud this young man for his courage and for having the backbone to stand up and accept responsibility for his crime. I do hope that it has a message that is listened to by other young people. The Huffington Post tells the story:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A driver has confessed in a video posted online that he’s to blame for a wrong-way car crash stemming from a night of heavy drinking that killed another man and says he’s willing to take “full responsibility.”
The 3 1/2-minute video, posted on at least two websites on Tuesday, shows 22-year-old Matthew Cordle describing what led to the accident in which he killed the man three months ago.
“My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani,” he says somberly. “This video will act as my confession.”
Cordle says in the video he “made a mistake” when he decided to drive his truck home after “drinking really heavily” and hit the other car, killing the 61-year-old Canzani, of suburban Columbus.
The video begins with Cordle’s face blurred as he describes how he has struggled with depression and was simply trying to have a good time with friends going “from bar to bar” the night of the accident. He then describes how he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on a highway.
Cordle’s face becomes clear as he reveals his name and confesses to killing Canzani.
“When I get charged I’ll plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family,” Cordle says.