Anthony Stokes was reportedly fleeing police following an alleged burglary attempt

By Caitlin Keating
April 01, 2015 06:30 PM

A 17-year-old Georgia teen died in a high-speed police chase on Tuesday, just two years after receiving a controversial heart transplant.

Anthony Stokes, of Decatur, lost control of his car during a high-speed chase with police in Roswell, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Stokes first made headlines in August 2013 when it was reported that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta had decided not to put him on a heart transplant list because of his background and that he had a “history of noncompliance,” according to NBC News.

There were concerns he wouldn’t take his medications or show up for follow-up appointments, per the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which reported he suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy.

Hospital administrators eventually changed their minds when his mother accused doctors of punishing her son for a history of run-ins with the law, according to NBC.

Police say that Stokes died after crashing a vehicle while fleeing from police, 11Alive reports.

Heart transplant recipient Anthony Stokes dies in police chase crash

Roswell Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Holland told 11Alive that a home break-in occurred Tuesday, with an elderly woman reporting that someone kicked in her door.

She called 911 and when responding officers attempted to pull the suspect over, a chase ensued.

Stokes also hit a 33-year-old pedestrian who remains in stable condition.

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