Broward County

Detective dies after driver slams into the back of his Jeep

Fort Lauderdale Det. Christopher Sheehan, a seven-year veteran of the force, was killed over the weekend when another driver rear-ended his Jeep Wrangler in Coral Springs, according to police.

Coral Springs police said “speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors,” according to a preliminary investigation.

The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday as Sheehan, 30, headed north on State Road 7. According to Coral Springs police, Joselyn Lopez, 29, of Margate, who was also headed north, rear-ended Sheehan’s Jeep at Wiles Road with her Dodge Challenger.

Sheehan died at the scene, police said, and his passenger Jacob Snowhite, 41, was taken to Northwest Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lopez was not injured in the crash, police said. No charges had been filed as of Sunday evening.

On Sunday, Fort Lauderdale police confirmed that Sheehan did work for the department, but wouldn’t comment further, citing Coral Springs’ open investigation.

“We ask that you please respect Detective Christopher Sheehan’s family and our agency during this difficult and grieving moment,” Capt. Frank Sousa said in a statement.

Dennis Sheehan, a retired Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Division Chief and Christopher Sheehan’s uncle, told the Sun Sentinel that his nephew was in the process of planning a wedding.

“He was just a great kid,” said Dennis Sheehan told the paper. “Our family is just devastated.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Coral Springs police at 954-346-1754.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff