The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko. The 41-year-old was killed Tuesday morning after being stuck by a vehicle during a traffic stop in Camarillo.
Officials say Kostiuchenko was standing near the Lewis Road exit of the 101 when he was struck by a passing car around 1:15 a.m. The driver fled the scene and was involved in a single-car crash at Las Posas Road minutes later, officials say.
The CHP has identified the driver of the hit-and-run as 25-year-old Kevin Hogrefe, of Camarillo. He was booked for felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter
Kostiuchenko was an 11-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and is survived by his wife and two sons.
A memorial fund has been set up for Kostiuchenko’s family. Donations can be mailed or delivered to Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, or mailed or delivered to any branch of Ventura County Credit Union. Checks should be made payable as follows: “VCDSA FBO Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko”
Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
981 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93003
Gov. Jerry Brown issued the following statement:
“Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Kostiuchenko as they mourn this tragic loss. We will not forget Deputy Kostiuchenko’s service to the people of this state.”
Flags at the State Capitol will be flown at half staff in honor of Deputy Kostiuchenko.