Vehicular homicide confession leads to charge and viral video

There is no lack of means of communication these days. With the rise of cellphones, text messaging, blogging and all social media, privacy is becoming a thing of the past. When it comes to potential criminal activity, however, privacy can be a man’s best friend.

Tech lovers will spend ample time these days checking out YouTube videos. From watching celebrity performances to dancing cats, a person can see just about anything with the tap of a finger. Thanks to an Ohio man, the public can even see a supposed confession to vehicular homicide and drunk driving.

On June 22, 2013, a fatal motor vehicle accident occurred in Ohio. A man lost his life, and authorities were left scrambling to try to find the driver who was responsible for the accident. Finding that driver happened in a way that most wouldn’t expect. The driver recorded a video and posted it on YouTube, seemingly confessing to driving drunk and causing the June crash.

After that video attracted millions of viewers, it came down to authorities’ view on what should happen as a result of the man’s admission. They are charging the man with aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI. If the defendant is found guilty of the charges he could face more than eight years in prison.

In the video, the man admits to causing a drunk driving accident and that he was ready to be punished. Maybe it felt like a relief for him to tell what happened. However, discussing his story with a criminal defense attorney might have been a wiser choice that could have brought him relief while also better serving his future.

Source: CNN, “Man indicted on homicide charge after DUI video confession,” Marlei Martinez and David Simpson, Sep. 9, 2013

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