Sean Nava

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Sean Nava
Officer Sean A Nava, CHP.jpg Officer Sean A Nava, CHP.jpg
BornSean Alexander Nava
(1967-04-08)8 April 1967
West Covina, California, U.S.
💀Died28 October 2000(2000-10-28) (aged 33)
Escondido, California, U.S.28 October 2000(2000-10-28) (aged 33)
Resting placeSite 1249, Section 50, Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California, U.S.
🎓 Alma materOceanside High School
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)1 wife
👪 Relatives2 children

Sean Alexander Nava (April 8, 1967 – October 28, 2000) was an American policeman who was killed in the line of duty by an inebriated motorist.


Nava was born in West Covina, California in 1967 and grew up in Oceanside, California. He graduated from Oceanside High School as a member of the graduating class of 1985.

Nava enlisted in the United States Army after graduating from high school, serving as a military policeman in Germany and in Herlong, California. He achieved the rank of sergeant and after an honorable discharge from the Army he joined the California Highway Patrol on July 31, 1989. He received the San Diego Burn Institute's Spirit of Courage Award and the California State Firefighters Association's Medal of Valor after rescuing a driver pinned in a burning wreck.

On October 28, 2000 Nava was killed in the line of duty when he was standing in the center median of Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, California, while taking measurements for an accident report, he was struck by a Toyota 4Runner being driven by 20-year-old drunk driver Christopher Paul Merrick.[1][2][3][4][5] In 2002, Merrick was sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment for killing Nava.[6] Nava is buried at Site 1249, Section 50, Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.[7]

An estimated 1,500 policemen attended Nava's funeral service held at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California.


In 2003 the portion of Interstate 5 between Tamarack Avenue and Highway 78 in Carlsbad, California was designated as the CHP Officer Sean A Nava Memorial Freeway.


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  2. "Officer Sean Nava". The CHP 11-99 Foundation.
  3. "Officer Sean Alexander Nava". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).
  4. "Sean Nava". California Association of Highway Patrolmen. California.
  5. "Sean A. Nava". California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation.
  6. Stebbins, Jane (2002). "Breck man gets 11 years in fatal hit-and-run". Summit Daily.
  7. "Sean Alexander Nava (1967-2000) - Find A Grave..."

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