Teen Dies in High-Speed Car Chase 2 Years After Receiving Controversial Heart Transplant
Anthony Stokes was reportedly fleeing police following an alleged burglary attempt
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.
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.