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Man indicted in crash that killed UNC mascot

A New Jersey grand jury has indicted a man on charges that he struck and killed UNC's student mascot along a highway in March 2007.

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — 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 Jason 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.

Hovsepian's 52-year-old father told authorities 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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