South Africa 9.9.2013 05:46 am

Victim’s daughter challenges drunk driver’s video confession (VIDEO)

Matthew Cordle's video  in which he confesses to have killed a man during a drunk driving incident, has gone viral.

Matthew Cordle's video in which he confesses to have killed a man during a drunk driving incident, has gone viral.

The daughter of a man killed by a drunk driver whose YouTube video confession has gone viral, says she is unimpressed by his act as he is just trying to avoid a harsh jail sentence.

Angela Canzani believes Matthew Cordle, who has confessed online to hitting and killing Vincent Canzani, 61, on June 22 in Ohio in the United States, was ‘totally misleading’ with his confession because he was already suspected of the crime, the Daily Mail reported.

‘There was a traffic cam. There was a third car involved,’ Canzani told NBC News. ‘So people are kind of looking at this like he’s just coming out of nowhere…Like he’s some hero or something.’

 

 

Cordle will likely will be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide with an alcohol specification, which carries a maximum of eight years in prison upon conviction. Cordle’s video was released this week to promote a not-for-profit web start up called ‘Because I Said I Would‘ which promotes the use of ‘promise cards’ where individuals set goals for themselves.

‘If he wanted to raise awareness, I mean, I would’ve commended him for that down the road, but the video is totally misleading. The motives, I believe, are so he’ll get a lighter sentence. There’s a way to go about it and that wasn’t it,’ Canzani said.

 

The viral YouTube video confession starts with Matthew Cordle's face blurred and voice altered as he confesses to killing a man.

The viral YouTube video confession starts with Matthew Cordle’s face blurred and voice altered as he confesses to killing a man.

 

On Friday, the ex-wife of Mr Canzini told MailOnline she ‘applauded’ the decision of Cordle – who now faces criminal charges brought by the county prosecutor.

Cordle says in the video he ‘made a mistake’ when he decided to drive his truck home after ‘drinking heavily’ and hit the other car, killing Mr Canzani, of Columbus, America.

 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.

Cordle’s face becomes clear as he reveals his name and confesses to killing Mr Canzani. He promises to plead guilty when he gets charged and take full responsibility for what he has done.

He ends the video by ‘begging’ viewers to not drink and drive.

 

Matthew Cordle holds up his 'promise card' in this screenshot of his YouTube confession video that has gone viral.

Matthew Cordle holds up his ‘promise card’ in this screenshot of his YouTube confession video that has gone viral.

 

An obituary for Mr Canzani said that he served as a missile technician for a submarine from 1980 to 1986. Since leaving the Navy, he flourished as ‘a gifted photographer’ and was survived by two daughters and three great grandchildren.

‘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,’ he said.

 

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