ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A high school soccer coach who hit a bicyclist and then took off will not face jail time for the deadly hit and run but he will go to jail for a different crime.
Cory Lucero and his attorney told the judge Tuesday it was a horrible accident and the judge agreed. The University of New Mexico student and Albuquerque Academy Assistant Coach was charged in connection with the death of 25-year-old Jose Ruiz.
Last year, Lucero admits to hitting and killing the cyclist near the Cottonwood Mall and fleeing the scene.
In court Tuesday KRQE News 13 learned Ruiz had been drinking and Lucero was sober. Lucero also claimed Ruiz was riding in the wrong direction at dusk without a light.
Lucero’s attorney says his only error was leaving the scene and not helping. The judge did give Lucero 364 days in prison for a previous assault where Lucero hit someone with a baseball bat.
The cyclist’s sisters also spoke to the judge. They told the judge their brother did not deserve to die that way.
Lucero did get three years’ probation for that hit and run it will begin after his jail time. He originally told police that he thought he’d hit a bush before admitting he knew he’d hit a bicyclist.