Fatal accident claims two young victims

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 04/28 2014 06:20PM

Updated 04/29 2014 09:34AM

Update: 6:02 pm
MATTOON -- Two people are dead after a car crash. It happened at the corner of 1200 North and 800 East. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has more about the victims.

One victim was a sophomore at Mattoon High School. Friends say Landon Stuckey had a giving spirit and a loving heart and he will be missed.

"He was a little Superman."

But, his name isn't Clark Kent. It's Landon Stuckey.

"He didn't wear a cape. He didn't dress like a super hero. He did things form his heart. Super heroic in nature. He touched so many people's lives just by being him."

The teenager's life was cut short.

"He wasn't answering his phone. It was going straight to voice-mail. You knew something wasn't right, so I went and looked for him. I came across an accident site."

Police say Stuckey didn't stop at a stop sign and hit 22-year old Brianna Seaman. Both died.

"I always expected to see him grow up, have a family and be happy and change the world."

Stuckey loved Superman and, at the age of 10, he battled back from cancer with super-human strength.

"He was definitely a gift from God."

Stuckey believed in sharing his gifts. He had the chance to shop for Christmas gifts with a Mattoon police officer. But, instead of taking his gifts home, he shared them with his fellow cancer patients in St. Louis.

"We were just amazed that he was so compassionate, so young."

Sergeant Travis Easton went with him.

"We went room-to-room and Landon handed out these presents. He was all smiles all the time. I've never seen him frown."

The loss is great for his mother.

"When he was sick with cancer, it was a fear. It was a huge fear. He beat that cancer. I never thought something like this would happen."

But, she's gaining strength from his supporters.

"I feel so much love coming from everyone for him and that brings me peace. He's definitely flying high."

The other victim, Brianna Seaman, graduated from Mattoon High School in 2010. Friends say she loved to dance and she spent four years on the Mattoon Dance Team. The school is planning a memorial for the students.
Original: 5:02 pm
MATTOON -- A deadly crash in Coles County has a community shaken. Two students are dead after a car accident which happened at the intersection of 1200 North and 800 East. Both students went to Mattoon High School. 16-year old Landon Stuckey was a sophomore and 22-year old Brianna Seaman graduated in 2010.

Police say Stuckey was driving south on 800 East. They say he ran a stop sign and hit Seaman. Both cars went off the road and hit a utility pole. Stuckey's car caught fire and Seaman's rolled over.

Students and teachers are struggling with the news. At 10-years old, Stuckey battled cancer and won. Stuckey's mother says he would never complain about going through treatment and she never thought his life would end like this. The crash is still under investigation.

Teachers say Brianna Seaman loved to dance and spent four years on the dance team at Mattoon High School. The dance teacher says this is the third student to die in the last six years. Seaman was pursing a degree in nursing at Lakeland College.

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