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Widow from I-75 dryer death talks to "Inside Edition"

By Ed Brock

The widow of the Atlanta man who was killed while swerving to avoid a dryer on Interstate 75 near Forest Park has given an interview to the news show "Inside Edition."

The interview with Sabrina Hall was to be shown at 1:35 a.m. Saturday as part of a show on how to safely avoid road hazards, according to "Inside Edition" spokesman Jim Kelly. She was to talk about the personal effects of the March 8 accident in which her husband, Clarke University Assistant Dean Michael Hall, was killed.

Michael Hall was returning from a Little League game with his two young sons when the accident occurred. His Isuzu Rodeo flipped over several times after he swerved to avoid the dryer.

"My youngest was covered in blood and glass and he was crying, and my oldest, his jaw was probably sticking out about five or 10 inches," Hall says in the interview.

Sabrina Hall also said the emotional impact of the accident on her sons has been even more traumatic.

"My youngest son kept saying ?Mommy, Mommy, I knew Daddy was dead, because I kept screaming Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, are you okay Daddy, and he wouldn't answer me, Mommy,'" Hall said.

Police later arrested Jose Luna Gonzales of Hapeville and charged him with vehicular manslaughter in the case along with other charges. Gonzales pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide.

He was sentenced to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine for the charge, Clayton County Solicitor General Keith Martin said at the time.

In the interview Sabrina Hall says she is not happy about the plea.

"It eats at me because I feel like it was avoidable," Hall says. "I feel like there could've been major things done that could have prevented this tragedy."

Gonzales, who apologized for the accident, has said previously that, after he realized the dryer had fallen out of his truck he tried to go back on the interstate to find it. He gave up for fear that he would get into an accident that would injure his son who was riding with him.

Sabrina Hall is also suing Gonzales, Home Depot where he bought the dryer and Isuzu Motors. The lawsuit alleges that Home Depot employees should have done more to make sure the dryer was secure, and it alleges that design flaws in the Isuzu Rodeo caused it to roll.

Gonzales and both companies have denied the lawsuit's allegations.