Ponte Vedra Beach woman found guilty of DWI manslaughter, could face 15 years in prison


A Ponte Vedra Beach woman was found guilty of DWI manslaughter, reckless driving and DUI with property damage after a three-day criminal trial that ended Dec. 20. Bryan Shorstein of the State Attorney’s Office of the 7th Circuit said she could face up to 15 years in prison.

Jennifer Mae Levin, who has a prior DWI on her record, was reportedly driving northbound in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 on Dec. 19, where she crashed head-on with an elderly woman traveling the opposite way in her vehicle. Levin turned off County Road 210 and started driving in the northbound lane going under the overpass leading to southbound I-95, Shorstein said.

Shorstein noted that the 91-year-old victim, Octavie Morand, was in “excellent health” prior to the incident. Levin's blood alcohol level was a .153 /.148.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, the criminal scoresheet suggests a minimum sentence of 10 years and a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years. Levin will be sentenced Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. She is currently being held in St. Johns County Jail with no bond.

Jail records state she is also facing possession of marijuana and drug equipment charges. Shorstein said the state anticipates these charges will be worked out after the sentencing.