Man indicted in UNC mascot's death

October 28, 2008 7:30:10 AM PDT
Grand jurors in Bergen County have indicted a Paramus man on charges that he struck and killed the University of North Carolina's student mascot. Prosecutors say Armen Hovsepian's driver's license was suspended when his SUV hit Jayson Ray in March 2007.

Ray was walking along a shoulder of Route 4. The 21-year-old was staying at a nearby hotel for the NCAA East Regional finals. The senior from Concord, N.C., had performed as the Tar Heels' mascot for three years.

Hovsepians 52-year-old father told authorities that he was driving and the crash was initially ruled an accident. But police say they later received a tip that the son was behind the wheel.

Hovsepian is charged with causing death while driving without a license. If convicted, the third-degree offense carries up to five years in prison.

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