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Cordle Turns Himself in After YouTube Fatal Crash Admission
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A man who appeared in a YouTube video to admit responsibility for a fatal drunk driving crash has turned himself into police.
Powell-resident Matthew Cordle surrendered to Columbus police Monday after being indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Cordle's car crashed into a vehicle driven by Vincent Canzani on June 22 on I-670 near 3rd St. Canzani, 61, was killed in the crash.
Cordle appeared in a video posted to YouTube in early September, in which he admitted to drinking alcohol on the night of the crash, before driving the wrong way on I-670 and slamming into Canzani's vehicle.
"I beg you -- and I say the word beg specifically -- I'm begging you please, don't drink and drive," Cordle says in the video.
Cordle's blood-alcohol level was .191 at the time of the crash, according to a Franklin County Grand Jury indictment. He faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Cordle's online video -- titled "I Killed a Man" -- has been viewed on YouTube more than a million times since it was posted on September 3.
My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession, he says in the video.
Reaction to the video has been mixed, with some praising Cordle for his admission, while others dismiss the confession as a ploy for a reduced sentence -- a suggestion that has been denied by Cordle's attorney.
[First], he wants drinking and driving awareness, and second he wants the family to know how sorry he is," Martin Midian said.
Operators of "Because I said I would." -- the website on which the video was originally posted -- have expressed hope that Cordle's words will ultimately have more impact than the method by which they were delivered.
"Because I said I would. does not believe that Matt should be praised as a hero. Matt made an irresponsible choice to drink and drive that ended an innocent mans life," operators posted on the group's Facebook page. "If viewers do not make the commitment to never drink and drive, then the video has certainly failed in its mission."
On the advice of his lawyers, Cordle did not speak to assembled reporters when he turned himself in Monday at the Franklin County Jail. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.