In a story that quickly made national news, an Ohio man posted a confession on the Internet this week detailing a night of drunken driving that ended in the death of an innocent bystander. The four-minute YouTube video shows the man, face blurred and voice distorted, describing a night of drinking at a number of local bars. After he was "black out drunk," he got in his car to go home.
While driving drunk, the man says he drove the wrong way down an interstate highway. He soon crashed into another vehicle, killing its driver, a 61-year-old veteran.
At this point in the video, the man's face becomes clear and he became identifiable. The video ends with the man giving a plea to other drivers not to driver drunk. "I'm begging you please don't drive drunk," he said.
The 22-year-old man turned himself in, stating that he did not want to lie to avoid jail time. He is facing two serious charges: one for aggravated vehicular homicide and one for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of over eight years.
The man says he did not make the video confession to garner public sympathy, but rather he did it to warn others of the dangers of drunk driving.
So far, there has been no reaction from the family of the 61-year-old man. After fatal drunk driving accidents, the family members of the victims have the right to file a personal injury suit against the party who caused their pain and hardship. At this point, there has been no indication whether the victim's family will exercise that right in this situation.
Source: NBC News, "Despite viral video confession, Ohio man pleads not guilty to DUI charge" Sophia Rosenbaum, Sep. 11, 2013