Woman Charged With DUI Manslaughter For I-110 Wrong Way Crash

September 14, 2023

A Pace woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash on I-110 last April.

Julia Katelyn Jablonski, 24, was driving her 2017 Toyota Yaris northbound in the southbound lanes of I-110 on April 22, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Carvin Darnell McGruder of Pensacola, Florida was traveling southbound in a 2018 Toyota Camry. Troopers aid Jablonski entered the interstate from Chase Street and collided head-on with the 2018 Toyota Camry driven by
McGruder. McGruder suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

FHP said Jablonski was identified as the operator of the vehicle traveling the wrong way and later discovered to be under the influence at the time of the crash.

Jablonski surrendered to FHP Wednesday and was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond.


11 Responses to “Woman Charged With DUI Manslaughter For I-110 Wrong Way Crash”

  1. Mike J. on September 15th, 2023 10:49 am

    Prayers for the families and the deceased.
    When on the interstate, don’t stay in the left lane longer than you have to, especially at night.

  2. Dr Lee Ronso on September 15th, 2023 10:33 am

    After 30 years working in substance program direction and treatment, I heard many, many times from patients: I only had a dui, no big deal. Well here is again another case in Pensacola of a fatality associated with a dui and wrong way driving. Dui’s are plentiful as well as dangerous, but many people, even convicted offenders with more than one offense, just never see it that way, even when there is a serious accident involved.

  3. Anon on September 14th, 2023 10:55 pm

    @Aweful, it took so long because she was in the hospital herself. She came real close to dying herself. Not excusing what she did in any way. Just stating why it took so long.

  4. Give me a break on September 14th, 2023 9:22 pm


    I can’t speak to this particular case (and neither can you, really) but I can guarantee you that your statement about catch and release in Escambia County is hyperbolic and uninformed.

  5. Laraine Wilson on September 14th, 2023 4:15 pm

    She made her choice to drink and drive. Sad someone had to die because of her choice.

  6. Stephen on September 14th, 2023 3:58 pm

    @JTV- She will get 15 years and likely do around 12 assuming she earns gain time.

  7. Christy Holt on September 14th, 2023 10:55 am

    DUI/manslaughter charges in Florida automatic time in prison usually around 12 years?

  8. Christy Holt on September 14th, 2023 10:53 am

    She I will not get off. She will go to prison most likely 12 years or more. Unless they have changed DUI manslaughter terms

  9. Aweful on September 14th, 2023 10:14 am

    I wonder why it took so long to complete the investigation.

  10. JTV on September 14th, 2023 9:14 am

    Little Princess will get probation for her actions. Justice dies in Escambia County. Catch and release is their M.O.

  11. Sad on September 14th, 2023 8:21 am

    This is a sad story for both families. One person gone and the other with a ruined life.