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, on I-5 near Carlsbad, 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.

The 20-year-old driver was returning home after a night of drinking in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2002 he was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run, and sentenced to 11 years.

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 Sentenced to 11 years

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We can not do or show enough support and respect for our law enforcement officers and their families. They protect both sides of every incident or event. God Bless and Thank You!!

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USMC Retired

January 29, 2021

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