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Cordele Athlete Dies in Four-Wheeler Accident

Three people including a 13-year-old are facing charges after a fatal four-wheeler accident in Laurens County.

Laurens County sheriff Bill Harrell says the accident happened off White Road in the southern part of the county.

According to the Laurens County Sheriff's office, the 13-year-old was driving the ATV when the accident happened and is charged with being an underage driver.

Jeremy Brown, 27, of Arabi, is charged with allowing a minor to drive the vehicle.  Ryan Setliff, 20, of Thomasville, is charged with possessing alcohol.

James Bodrey, a former athlete at Crisp Academy in Cordele, died in what Coach John Penney calls "a freak accident." Bodrey fell off a four wheeler on a deer hunting trip to Laurens County.

"Most people slip and fall off would be skinned up and beat up, but the way he landed. It was massive head trauma," says Penney.

The injuries were fatal and the 18-year-old died at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

"I got there just as he got there. We were told from the start that it didn't look very good," says father Jeff Bodrey.

The left-handed baseball player was enrolled at Darton College on scholarship. 

Crisp Academy coaches described him as a fierce competitor on and off the field.

"He was always trying to do it the right way, professional, and be a good sportsman in everything he did whether win lose or draw," says former Crisp Academy coach Cliff Hearn.

Crisp Academy plans to retire Bodrey's jersey number 11 to honor him. His family finds another way to remember his life.

"His organs have been accepted to recipients and so he is living on. He's living on," says Jeff Bodrey.


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