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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Semper Fi CHPY and US Army veteran. You served your country and your state. Believe me, you will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family. May your wife and children know you are the best example of what a great man is that is possible. Your husband and your father will be in our hearts and minds forever. Sorry for your loss as it’s the entire worlds loss.

State Traffic Officer 7185 and United St
California Highway Patrol/San Jose area

October 28, 2019

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