UPDATE (8:52 p.m.): It was an emotional day in court for the families of Devinee Rooney and Yaderik Jose Morales Madera.

Terri Rooney, the mother of Devinee Rooney says Morales was acting recklessly that day, and he knew what he was doing.

“He knew when he was hitting that gas pedal and was going,” said Rooney. “You know, like they said today in court 70 miles plus upon impact. That’s what people need to understand. When he was coming down Schillenger’s Road, he was probably doing 80 to 100.”

While the verdict was difficult for everyone to hear, Morales’ family believes the ruling was fair, and offer their condolences to their family. They say Morales is not a murderer, and no one deserves to lose a child.

“I just want everybody to know that he is very sorry,” said Yadzia Morales, Yardiek’s mother. “And this was an accident. It hurt everybody, but it was just an accident. You can see him crying as they were talking about what was going on.”

“They didn’t deserve what happened. I don’t think anyone deserves to lose their daughter, ya know?” said Jetzalis Tirato, Yardiek’s sister. “But what’s gonna happen is gonna happen.”

His attorney, Jonathan McCardle believes it was a fair sentence, and Yardiek could face up to 10 years in jail.

“We believe criminal negligent homicide under the DUI family provision was a fair finding by the jury and we respect their finding,” said McCardle.

Rooney’s mother believes finding Morales guilty is justice for her daughter. One message she wants people to take away to be very mindful of the speed limit.

“Schillenger’s is a SPEEDWAY. They need to take in consideration. They need to think hard,” said Rooney. “They got women and children passing them. Babies in the back coming home from the hospital, and even their own lives.”

Morales’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 16th.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mobile County jury found a man guilty in the death of a Theodore student who was killed in a crash in 2020.

Yaderik Jose Morales Madera was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide for the death of Theodore High School Senior Devinee Rooney. The 18-year-old was killed days before graduation in May of 2020. 

Morales was driving along Schillinger Road when he caused a crash involving four other vehicles. The jury determined that Morales was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the crash happened. 

Troopers determined Morales was driving 70 mph in 35 mph speed zone. Morales’ bond was also revoked in 2021 when he was found driving without a license. 

Currently, Morales’ sentencing date is not known. 

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