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    UNC student, mascot dies

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    HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) -- A 21-year-old University of North Carolina student who served as a mascot for the school's basketball team died Monday, three days after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while walking along a highway.

    Jason Ray, who dressed up as UNC's ram mascot, Rameses, had been in critical condition since the accident on Route 4 Friday afternoon. He had been in New Jersey for the NCAA men's tournament game between North Carolina and Southern California at Continental Airlines Arena.
    Steve Kirscher, UNC's associate athletics director for communications, said Ray died at 8:38 a.m. Monday.

    According to police, Ray left his hotel to go to a nearby convenience store Friday afternoon, and was walking back along Route 4 when he was struck from behind by an SUV. The driver stopped immediately to call 911. No charges have been filed.

    Police said Gagik Hovsepyan, 51, the driver who hit Ray, had a valid driver's license and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. His son was asleep in the SUV at the time, police said.

    Ray was scheduled to graduate in May with a major in business administration and a minor in religion.



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    ugh. I had thought that he was going to pull out of it. that sucks alot.



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    Classy act by opponent in tourney.


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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    That is sad news. I wonder though, how did he get hit in broad daylight?



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    he was walking from a convience store to his hotel room



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    three days after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while walking along a highway.
    Why does the media word the story this way? They've been doing it for several years now and I'm trying to figure this out. Picture yourself as a being from another planet...the way this article (and several like it) is written you'd think that a "sport-utility vehicle" was capable of making decisions for itself. Apparently the vehicle had a mind of it's own and, despite the best efforts of the driver, it decided to run this kid down.

    Is this supposed to make me feel guilty for owning a sport-utility vehicle? Or absolve me from any responsibility as a driver of said vehicle?

    Anyways...sad story, I'm sorry the kid didn't pull through. A reminder for the rest of us, please walk toward oncoming traffic so you can see if you need to jump into the ditch, and remember to look both ways before crossing the street.



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    I think maybe it was more of a description of the size of the vehicle that him and the injuries you would think he'd sustain, rather than an indictment of the type of vehicle.

    Think of it this way. "He was hit by a Pontiac sunfire" or "he was hit by a Ford Excursion". What best illustrates his injuries.

    I don't know. In any case, you can't exactly say he was hit by a car - that's not quite accurate. I guess you could simply say vehicle, but it's not exactly descriptive - not that "Sport-utility vehicle" is much more so.


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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I think maybe it was more of a description of the size of the vehicle that him and the injuries you would think he'd sustain, rather than an indictment of the type of vehicle.

    Think of it this way. "He was hit by a Pontiac sunfire" or "he was hit by a Ford Excursion". What perhaps illustrates his injuries.

    I don't know. In any case, you can't exactly say he was hit by a car - that's not quite accurate. I guess you could simply say vehicle, but it's not exactly descritive - not that "Sport-utility vehicle" is much more so.
    I agree about the vechicle description, but woudn't this do the same thing:

    "A 21-year-old University of North Carolina student who served as a mascot for the school's basketball team died Monday, three days after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle driven by Gagik Hovsepyan, 51, while walking along a highway."

    The way the story is written, you have to read until the second to last paragraph to find out the vechicle was driven by an actual person.



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    What a bummer. One of the scariest things for me on campus is driving the work trucks because I can never tell if a person is about to walk in front of a stopped cy ride right when I'm passing it.


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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    Quote Originally Posted by 247cy View Post
    I agree about the vechicle description, but woudn't this do the same thing:

    "A 21-year-old University of North Carolina student who served as a mascot for the school's basketball team died Monday, three days after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle driven by Gagik Hovsepyan, 51, while walking along a highway."

    The way the story is written, you have to read until the second to last paragraph to find out the vechicle was driven by an actual person.
    As a journalism major from ISU I can tell you you wouldn't do it that way b/c the opening sentence in any article is supposed to be short and to the point, otherwise known as inverted pyramid structure. You also never get into specific details in the first sentence - you never use proper names, you'd use "North Carolina student." Your sentence might be good for a second or third sentence, but you would never see that as an opening sentence. The opening sentence is meant to grab the reader's attention with a goal of 20 words or less. The point is at the very most to get the reader to read the rest of the article based on that sentence and at the very least to give the main details of the article in that sentence.

    The sentence might be better written as:

    "A North Carolina student and school mascot died Monday three days after being struck by an SUV while crossing a busy New Jersey Highway."

    I know it's 24 words, but you get the point.


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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    As a Civil Engineering student, the only thing I can add is the stopping sight distance was apparently not enough


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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    Quote Originally Posted by 247cy View Post
    I agree about the vechicle description, but woudn't this do the same thing:

    "A 21-year-old University of North Carolina student who served as a mascot for the school's basketball team died Monday, three days after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle driven by Gagik Hovsepyan, 51, while walking along a highway."

    The way the story is written, you have to read until the second to last paragraph to find out the vechicle was driven by an actual person.
    It had to have been Wayne Morgan.


    Or Al Gore.



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    A young man died a tragic, unfortunate death and we're concerned with how the article was written?



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    A young man died a tragic, unfortunate death and we're concerned with how the article was written?
    Well...I don't know if you are...I'm not.



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    Re: UNC student, mascot dies

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    What a bummer. One of the scariest things for me on campus is driving the work trucks because I can never tell if a person is about to walk in front of a stopped cy ride right when I'm passing it.
    Yes sir. I'm in training to be a Cy-Ride driver right now, and I've already started doing in-service routes. My hope is that I'll never come across someone who darts across a street while not looking or steps into a dangerous blind spot. The only thing you can do as a driver is to stay alert, don't drive too fast, and cover the brake when you are not accelerating. People will do a lot of stupid things just to not have to wait on a bus (or any large vehicle for that matter). Sadly, many of these stupid actions result in someone getting hurt - or in some cases - killed.



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