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Suspect in cyclist’s death appears in court

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An assistant Albuquerque Academy soccer coach allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash with a bicyclist on Saturday had his first appearance in court on Tuesday.

Cory Lucero

LUCERO: Remains free on $100,000 bond

Cory Lucero, 21, is charged with vehicular homicide after police say he killed cyclist Jose Ruiz, 25, near Coors Bypass and N.M. 528 after drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

The judge allowed Lucero to remain out on a $100,000 cash-surety bond.

He is still waiting charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon from a 2013 case, according to court records.

Lucero’s attorney Ray Twohig did not immediately return a call asking for comment on Tuesday.

Lucero in 2013 was accused of beating a man with a baseball bat after he believed someone had damaged his car, according to a criminal complaint.

In 2011, Lucero was accused of aggravated battery while a student at La Cueva High school. In that case, a fellow student said Lucero punched him during a basketball game after the student told Lucero he “sucked,” according to a criminal complaint.

Lucero pleaded not guilty and the case was dismissed.

In the cyclist incident, Lucero fled from the scene, according to a criminal complaint. He was later stopped by police and told them he didn’t see the bike, though he felt the impact.

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