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Upstate NY man kicked by escaped horse dies

Authorities say a 64-year-old upstate New York man trying to corral an escaped horse died after being struck by the leaping animal's hooves. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Emergency officials tell the Times-Union of Albany that James Bodnar was driving near Saratoga Springs Thursday evening when he noticed that two horses had escaped from a nearby farm. When he stopped to help a friend bring the horses under control, one of them charged Bodnar and jumped over him, striking him in the chest and head.

The Schuylerville resident went into cardiac arrest and later died at a local hospital.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.