News: Woman sentenced for car accident that killed Fort Lauderdale police detective

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Posted: October 26, 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - A woman who drove drunk and caused a fatal crash in Broward County in 2016 has been sentenced to prison, WPLG reports.

34-year-old Joselyn Lopez of Margate will serve 16 years and four months in state prison followed by 10 years of probation.

The case stems from an incident on Aug. 20, 2016 in Coral Springs. Authorities said Lopez was driving a Dodge Challenger on N. State Road 7 when she crashed into a Jeep Wrangler driven by Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Christopher Sheehan.

The 30-year-old Sheehan, who had been with the police department seven years, was pronounced dead at the scene. A Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue captain riding with him sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

It was determined that Lopez had been driving under the influence of alcohol and was driving 75 miles an hour at the time of the wreck.

She was convicted on several charges, including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

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