Anthony Stokes : Heart transplant recipient dies in Ga. police chase

Anthony Stokes : Heart transplant recipient dies in Ga. police chase

Anthony Stokes, 17, died on Tuesday when he crashed a stolen car he was driving while fleeing from cops — two years after receiving national attention in the US over the circumstances surrounding his lifesaving surgery.

Stokes first came into the public eye in 2013 when he his transplant candidacy was rejected by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta over his juvenile record.

At the time, he promised to fly right.

“So I can get a second chance … get a second chance and do things that I want to do,” he said at the time.

But on Tuesday police said Stokes went on an alleged crime spree that ultimately ended his life.

It started at Perimeter Mall with a carjacking, police said. Then Stokes allegedly drove to Alpine Drive in North Fulton County and broke into a home.

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

Police said the home invasion victim saw a person kick in her door and rush into her home. She was in the living room at the time and reported the intruder was wearing a mask.

A short time later, police spotted the stolen car and chased the teen up Alpharetta Highway near Hembree Road. The pursuit ended in a violent crash on the highway.

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

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,” the teen said at the time.

He ultimately died from injuries he suffered in the crash that ended his alleged crime spree.