Bruce Dozier was charged with reckless homicide for a second time in his life. The 52-year-old was given a $2 million bond Sunday.
Marion Anderson learned about her husband's fatal accident while watching television last Thursday morning. She spoke with ABC7 in an exclusive interview.
A few minutes before watching the multi-car fatal accident on the news, Marion Anderson had said goodbye to her husband as he left for work at 4:30 a.m.
"That morning he said goodbye. He said, 'I'm gone, babe.' I wasn't facing him. I said, 'l love you.' He said, 'What did you say?' because he wanted to hear it again. I said, 'l love you, too,' Marian Anderson told ABC7 Chicago.
The widow says Fred Anderson had worked for the same company for 30 years. She says her punctual husband was never late, which is why Anderson knew something was wrong when she received a phone call from Fred's job.
"They said that his car didn't come into the lot that morning, and that's when I knew he was part of what happened," Anderson said.
Marian Anderson says she immediately went back to look at the video from the news and recognized her husband's silver car in the accident.
Fred Anderson was killed instantly when, police say, Bruce Dozier caused a chain reaction, eight-car crash on Cicero Avenue in Crestwood. Police say Dozier was speeding and under the influence of drugs.
"This man was not supposed to be on the street. He was in the wrong place. He was supposed to be in jail," said Anderson.
Dozier, 52, was paroled a year ago after serving two years of a six-year sentence for reckless homicide. He caused an accident that killed a 28-year-old woman.
Anderson's family is outraged, not only about his parole, but the fact that Dozier received a bond Sunday.
"If you get in car and you know you're on drugs, and you're doing drugs and you kill someone, it should be life. It should not be bond," said Lenoria Tiller-Hill, the victim's sister-in-law.
The Anderson family wants something good to come out of Fred Anderson's death. They hope to push for new laws so others will serve out their sentences.
In the mean time, they will always remember the Fred Anderson as a hard-working, funny family man.
Marion Anderson says she married Fred after her first husband died.
She says Fred was a great a stepfather to her five children, and he has two adult children of his own, whom he put through college.