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Man Admits to June Wrong-Way Crash on I-670
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Derek Drake) -- A Central Ohio man admits he killed another man last June while driving drunk, even though he hasn't been charged.
Matthew Cordle, 22, made the chilling confession in a YouTube video that was released September 3, 2013.
"I was out with some friends," Cordle says on the video. "I was drinking heavily."
The video is from the website "Because I Said I Would" and shows the blurred image of a man talking about what happened in the early morning hours of June 22, 2013, after a night of bar hopping.
"I ended up going the wrong way down the highway, directly into oncoming traffic and I struck a car... I killed a man."
Our cameras captured the scene on I-670 near N 3rd St. in downtown Columbus.
Police said Cordle was driving his pickup truck east in the westbound lanes, before slamming head on into a Jeep and also hitting a minivan.
Cordle then shared what his attorneys said; they would get the court ordered blood tests thrown out... All he would have to do is lie.
That's where the video takes a dramatic turn.
"I won't go down that path. My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This videotape will act as my confession."
Cordle says lying would discredit Canzani's memory.
He goes on to say that when he's charged, he will plead guilty, and take full responsibility.
He says he knows he's handing prosecutors everything they need to put him away for a long time adding, "But I'm willing to take that sentence for one reason. So I can pass this message along to you. I beg you and I say the word beg specifically... I'm begging you please... Don't drink and drive."
Franklin County prosecutors say no charges have been filed yet because they said cases tend to take a while to move through the court system.
A spokeswoman for Ron O'Brien's office said this video could help move that case along.
Watch the full confession video here.