Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, California –Â Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko was struck and killed by a drunk driver on the Ventura Freeway, near Lewis Road, while conducting a traffic stop.
He was returning to his vehicle at the completion of the stop when the drunk driver struck him and then fled the scene. Two other deputies witnessed the collision.
The drunk driver fled the scene but crashed his vehicle a short distance away. Other deputies took the man into custody at the scene of the second crash. He was arrested and charged with felony DUI and felony hit and run, with additional charges pending.
Deputy Kostiuchenko had served with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and stepchild.