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Officer Sean Alexander Nava | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Sean Alexander Nava

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Saturday, October 28, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 12890

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Sean Nava was killed after he was struck by a drunk driver while assisting at a previous accident on I-5, in Carlsbad.

Officer Nava was standing in the median approximately six feet from the travel lanes when the incident occurred. He was flown to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

After the collision, the suspect fled the scene, but was later arrested and charged with DUI, hit and run, and manslaughter. A passenger in the vehicle stated that the suspect was aware that he hit something on the freeway before he fled the scene.

In 1999, Officer Nava had been awarded the Spirit of Courage Award for his attempts to save a man from a burning vehicle.

Officer Nava had been employed with the California Highway Patrol for 12 years, and is survived by his wife and two children, ages four and seven.

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I wound up on this page after reading a news story about another CHP officer struck by a vehicle while working an accident. I had a lot of contact with Sean during my career with the Border Patrol at the I-5 checkpoint. He was a great guy, always in good humor and professional in his dealings with the public. I was the shift supervisor that morning and the news brought all of us to a standstill. Each time I go by the sign on I-5 the memory of that day hits home again. RIP Sean.

Ritch Gallagher
United States Border Patrol (Ret.)
May 10, 2016


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