Officer Sean Alexander Nava

Officer Sean Alexander Nava

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 28, 2000

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Sean Alexander Nava

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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 12890
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

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Officer Nava it’s been 20 years since you gave your life. God bless you and your family and thank you for your service. I’m very proud to know that you belonged to the finest law enforcement agency in the world and I want you to know you will always be in our hearts and mind and we miss you. To your family, always know we are so proud to have you in our Blue & Gold family and we will always have you in our thoughts. Semper Fi and Rest In Peace.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

October 28, 2020

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