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Loved ones say goodbye to Fort Lauderdale detective killed in car crash

Christopher Sheehan's Jeep struck by suspected drunk driver in Coral Springs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Loved ones said a final goodbye Friday to a Fort Lauderdale police detective who was killed over the weekend in a car crash.

Sky 10 was above a procession of police vehicles Friday morning leading the hearse carrying Detective Christopher Sheehan's body into the Broward Center of the Performing Arts at 201 SW Fifth Ave.

Police officers and the public were invited to the service.

Police said Sheehan, 30, was off duty about 2:20 a.m. Saturday when Joselyn Lopez, 29, crashed her 2010 Dodge Challenger into his Jeep Wrangler near Wiles Road and U.S. Highway 441 in Coral Springs.

Sheehan, a seven-year veteran of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Police believe that Lopez might have been intoxicated and speeding at the time of the crash.

During his tenure with Fort Lauderdale police, Sheehan was assigned to the operations bureau as a patrol officer and as a field training officer. His most recent assignment was as a detective with the rapid offender control unit.

Sheehan also served on the department's SWAT team for four years and was recently selected to be part of the SWAT waterborne entry team.

He was engaged to be married in October.


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