- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 1, 2002

CHICAGO (AP) Two men whose van jumped a curb and crashed into pedestrians died after an angry mob pulled them out and beat them with bricks, witnesses and police said.

Autopsies yesterday showed that Anthony Stuckey, 49, and Jack Moore, 62, both of Chicago, died from multiple injuries and blunt trauma, a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said. Both deaths were ruled homicides.

Witness Taquita Mixon said Mr. Stuckey and Mr. Moore collapsed to the ground when they were attacked after the crash.

"They hit them with bricks that came off the side of the building," Miss Mixon told the Chicago Tribune. "They didn't have a chance. It was a brutal beat-down."

Virginia Stuckey said her son was an unemployed day laborer and factory worker who had lived with her since January.

"I really can't believe that anyone would kill someone like that," said Mrs. Stuckey, 72.

The three women who were hit remained hospitalized yesterday afternoon, two of them in fair condition and one in critical condition. At the scene, on a well-traveled street in the Oakland neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, the van was gone and all that remained was police tape across bushes and trees in front of the building.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the rental van's driver apparently lost control and crashed into people on a porch, police Sgt. Robert Cargie said.

The occupants of the vehicle were then "attacked by a group in the area," he said.

Police said Mr. Moore and Mr. Stuckey lived nearby. It was not clear who was driving; the investigation was continuing.

Mrs. Stuckey said her son was helping Mr. Moore move some items from an apartment. She said her son could not have been driving the van because he did not have a driver's license.

Miss Mixon told the Tribune she was at the window of her apartment across the street when she saw the van swerve toward the house and strike three women.

"It all happened so fast, it seemed like he floored it or something," Miss Mixon said.

She told the Tribune she called 911 and returned to see a crowd around the van, some of them helping the women. Miss Mixon said she saw five or six men pull the driver and passenger out of the van and then punch, kick and beat them.

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