Survivor Of Carrollton Crash Reacts To Drunk Driver Confession

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Updated: 9/11/2013 11:51 pm

A man hurt in the deadliest drunk driving case in American History is speaking out about a confession that’s been seen by millions.

Harold Dennis, a survivor of the Carrollton Bus Crash in 1988, said he respects Matthew Cordle for owning up to his mistakes.

Cordle admitted to causing a deadly crash after a night of heavy drinking and he posted that confession online.

Today in Columbus, Ohio Cordle pleaded not guilty, which his attorney said is just a procedural move. Cordle is still expected to plead guilty later after a judge is assigned.

Dennis said he had to watch Cordle’s confession video a few times to let it soak in.

“And then I began to realize it doesn't matter his sincerity,” Dennis said. “Don't attempt to judge him and ask why what his motive is... just take it for face value and listen to what he is saying.”

Dennis said he’s been hoping for the same kind of apology for years from Larry Mahoney, the drunk driver who went the wrong way down I-71 and caused the Carrollton Bus Crash.

“You know people can say that he tried to get a lesser sentence, its a ploy, he's trying to tug on the heartstrings of people and trying to gain some sympathy,” Dennis said about Cordle’s online confession. “But if you watch the video in its entirety, with an open mind, I think it has a very clear message.”

To see Cordle’s video, click here.

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