An assistant soccer coach with the Albuquerque Academy junior varsity soccer team is facing charges of vehicular homicide after a collision last weekend left a cyclist dead. He also had pending charges from 2013.
Police believe that 21-year-old Corey Lucero had been drinking and smoking marijuana when he struck the 25-year-old victim who died on scene. According to reports, witnesses saw Lucero’s Toyota pickup strike the cyclist and were able to recall the license plate number of his vehicle before he fled the scene. Police later apprehended Lucero where he allegedly admitted to police that he left the scene of the accident because he was afraid.
Lucero passed a background check in 2012 when he first began coaching with the Albuquerque Academy, according to school officials. However, Lucero is currently facing another pending charge for an aggravated assault and battery incident in 2013 where he allegedly used a baseball bat to beat an individual after he discovered damage to his car.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Lucero was also accused of aggravated battery in 2011 when he allegedly struck another student during a basketball game. It is unclear whether the 2011 incident appeared on Lucero’s background check and what measures, if any, the Albuquerque Academy was taking regarding his pending trial for the 2013 charges.
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Lucero currently remains out on a $100,000 surety bond. His trial is ongoing.