Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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October 20, 2012

Bodrey loses life in ATV accident

Macon — A former star athlete at Crisp Academy died Saturday afternoon in the trauma unit at Macon Medical Center where he had been being treated for a head injury suffered in a four-wheeler accident.

Family friends and former coaches of James Bodrey confirmed throughout the day that the 2012 graduate of Crisp Academy was critically injured when he apparently fell from an all-terrain vehicle.

The mishap occurred during the pre-dawn hours in Laurens County where Bodrey, who was currently enrolled at Darton College, and others reportedly had planned to take part in a deer hunting trip.

It was unclear as to whether Bodrey was first treated at a hospital in the Dublin area before being airlifted to the facility here. The Georgia State Patrol, which is investigating the accident, could release no details when contacted Saturday morning.

Current Fulington Academy head football mentor and athletic director Jerry Breeden, who coached Bodrey for one season, said he would like to “convey thoughts and prayers to James and his family both from myself and the entire Fullington Academy staff and student body.”

Ron Drummonds, who’s in his first year as the head football coach and athletic director at Crisp Academy, said that while he didn’t know the former Wildcat stalwart personally he was aware Bodrey was “a fine young man and a good all-around athlete.

“I’ve heard a lot about his contributions to this school. From what I understand, he was a super nice young man involved in football, baseball and other athletics programs at our school.

“Along with everyone else associated with Crisp Academy, my thoughts and prayers go out to James and his family.”

 

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