Cory Lucero, 22, of Rio Rancho entered a consolidated no contest plea involving two cases before Judge Jacqueline Flores, including one charge of a 2013 assault using a baseball bat.
That case was pending when he was charged in connection with vehicular homicide in the death of 25-year-old Jose Ruiz, who was on a mountain bike on his way to his sister’s home in Rio Rancho from his job at Octopus Car Wash in Albuquerque on Sept. 13, 2014.
Lucero was talking on his cellphone while driving his Toyota truck near Coors Bypass and N.M. 528 at the time, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
He was released on bail and was under supervision by Pretrial Services.
Police said his truck smelled of marijuana and his breath smelled of beer, but his blood alcohol content was 0.02 or 0.03. The presumed level of intoxication in New Mexico is 0.08.
At the time of his arrest, he was a full-time UNM student and part-time soccer coach at Albuquerque Academy.
Lucero entered the no contest pleas to leaving the scene of an accident resulting in great bodily injury or death, a third-degree felony, and attempt to commit aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, on May 21, 2013. The sentences for both offenses are to run concurrently.
The remaining charges are to be dismissed.
Flores ordered a presentence report before Lucero’s sentencing, scheduled Sept. 22.