ABQ coach enters plea in fatal hit-and-run

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An assistant soccer coach at the Albuquerque Academy, accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist, bonded out of jail Monday.

Police said Cory Lucero hit 25-year-old Jose Ruiz with his vehicle and then left him to die when Lucero drove off. It happened on highway 528 and Coors Bypass last September.

Lucero’s attorney said the victim was riding against traffic which is against the law. He claims his client couldn’t see Ruiz, so it should be ruled an accident. However, witnesses said they were both heading south and could see Lucero swerving.

Police said Lucero had been drinking and was high on marijuana that night. Prosecutors pleaded with the judge to install an interlock on his car, but the judge denied the request.

The victim’s sister shook her head when she heard the decision.

“It’s shocking but I hope justice is served for what he did to my brother,” Ruiz’s sister, Annabelle Alarcon said.

Lucero was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

He is on unpaid leave from the academy pending the investigation.

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