Coral Springs Father and Local Coach Killed in Early Morning Crash

Armando Lopez – submitted photo.

Video clip of Armando Lopez with team

By: Sharon Aron Baron

A Coral Springs husband and father lost his life in a traffic accident on Interstate 95 early Monday morning.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, at 5:15 a.m. Armando Lopez, 38, died after he rear-ended a tractor-trailer in his 2014 Isuzu truck while heading northbound on Interstate 95.

Lopez was a coach for the Coral Springs Basketball league according to fellow coach Michael Stubbs. He was coaching 5th and 6th grade kids and had coached with the league for awhile. Stubbs had seen many different types of coaching styles and said Lopez was really in control of himself.

“I coached opposite him on the league and he was really kind with the kids,” said Stubbs.

Lopez leaves behind a wife, Lourdes, and three children Victor, 17, Aiyana, 13, and Armando Jr. 11.  The family has set up a GoFundme page to help raise money for funeral costs.

Funeral arrangements for Armando Lopez:

Monday, January 22, 2018 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. The family states that this is a celebration of life, please do not wear black.  His favorite color was royal blue and request friends wear blue or light colors.

Savino-Weissman Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2950 N State Road 7
Margate FL 33063

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.


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  • jsb

    Very sad however rear ending a car at 5 15 am. Speed kills, especially on that cesspool of a so called interstate 95.

  • kilroy

    How do you not see a tractor trailer right in front of you ? was it stopped in the road ? did it not have brake lights ? story was a little sparse on info….

    • That’s all the information FHP has released. Sorry. Have updated story with link to family’s GoFundMe.

    • Bibich Zabaleta

      for years that portion of I95 from the Atlantic entrance to Oakland park blvd was the deadliest portion of I95. Oakland parks station 20 was once BSO’s specialized unit stationed for that reason “from what I was told” you have to take into consideration the time of day, speed (as mentioned by another comment) and the fact that, that exit is also the entrance from Commercial Blvd north bound. And those are the knowns who’s knows if other factors came into play on his part or the semi’s driver. but there are cameras on those portions of 95 pretty sure they’ll figure it out. (FHP)