An extended family of South Florida police and firefighters was in mourning Sunday following a car crash that claimed the life of 30-year-old Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Christopher Sheehan.
“He was just a great kid,” said Dennis Sheehan, a retired Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Division Chief and Christopher Sheehan’s uncle. “Our family is just devastated.”
Injured in the crash, which happened at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Road 7 and Wiles Road, was Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Capt. Jacob Snowhite, 41, of Jupiter. He remained hospitalized Sunday, according to his wife.
Sheehan was at the wheel of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler and heading north on State Road 7 when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by Joselyn Lopez, 29, of Margate, according to Coral Springs police.
Sheehan was declared dead at the scene.
Lopez was not injured, police said.
Preliminary investigation indicates that speed and alcohol might have been contributing factors in the crash, police said.
Sheehan’s father, James Sheehan, is also a retired Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Division Chief.
Dennis Sheehan said that his nephew had plans to be married in October.
Coral Springs Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to call Officer Derek Fernandes of the traffic unit at 954-346-1754.
Staff writers Erika Pesantes and Anne Geggis contributed to this story.