Transplant teen dead after carjacking and chase

He gained national attention after being rejected as a heart transplant candidate

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(CNN) – A teen who received a controversial heart transplant two years ago is dead following a carjacking and high-speed chase near Atlanta.

The teen made headlines in 2013 when he was rejected for a transplant over his juvenile record.  This is 17-year-old Anthony Stokes two years ago.  He gained national attention after children’s healthcare of Atlanta first rejected him as a heart transplant candidate after learning he had a juvenile record.

At the time, Stokes said he would do the right thing, “So I can get a second chance, get a second chance and do things that I want to do.”

What he did Tuesday afternoon cost Stokes his life.  Roswell police say the teen led police on a high speed chase that ended in a violent crash on Alpharetta highway.

“I couldn’t believe that I was witnessing something like that.  I usually only see it on TV,” said Brett Dudley.

Police said Stokes’ crime spree started at perimeter mall with a carjacking.  Then he drove to Alpine drive in north Fulton County and broke inside a house.

“The lady said a person kicked in the door, to break into her house.  She was inside the living room and saw the suspect who was wearing a mask,” said Lisa Holland.

A short time later police spotted the stolen car and chased the teen up Alpharetta highway near Hembree road.

“He did a fishtail spin going around to the right, and hit a pedestrian,” said William Cungingham.

Two years ago Stokes was given a second chance at life when doctors gave him a new heart, “I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to live.”

However Stokes died from his injuries after going on a day-long crime spree.

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