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)
CORDELE — The investigation into the death of former Crisp Academy three-sport star James Bodrey over the weekend is still ongoing, but while the Laurens County Sheriff’s office continues to sort out the details of what led to Bodrey dying in an ATV accident, charges have been filed.
Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell told the Cordele Dispatch on Wednesday that his office has already filed charges against the three other persons occupying the ATV when Bodrey apparently fell from it.
Although there is no indication the actions of the driver or passenger caused the accident, the 13-year-old operator of the ATV faces a charge of driving without a license.
One passenger, Jeremy Brown, 27, of Arabi, has been cited for allowing a minor to drive a vehicle. A second passenger, 20-year-old Ryan Setliff of Thomasville, was charged with underage consumption of alcohol.
Crisp Academy baseball coach John Penney called what happened to Bodrey a “freak accident” and told the newspaper the team plans to retire Bodrey’s No. 11 jersey before the season, and before the Wildcats’ Homecoming football game Friday, Bodrey will be remembered and honored.
Bodrey’s family is also finding comfort in a more endearing way to remember his brief but productive life.
“His organs have been donated to recipients and so he is living on,” his father Jeff said Tuesday, speaking for himself and his wife, Paige. “He’s living on.”