Crisp Academy's James Bodrey led the Wildcats to the 2011 GISA Class A state title in baseball and was named to The Herald's 2012 All-Area team. He went 9-1 with a 1.80 ERA, winning nine games in a row after losing on opening day. He also hit .420 and drove in 38 runs. Bodrey died Saturday in an ATV accident. (Cordele Dispatch/Special to The Herald)
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 to The Cordele Dispatch, which first reported the news, throughout the day that the 2011 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 --- where he signed a scholarship to play baseball --- 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 Fullington 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.”
Bodrey led the Wildcats to the 2011 GISA Class A state title in baseball and was named to The Herald's 2012 All-Area team. He went 9-1 with a 1.80 ERA, winning nine games in a row after losing on opening day. He also hit .420 and drove in 38 runs.