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Deputy Sheriff Yevhen Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Yevhen "Eugene" Kostiuchenko

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Arrested

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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 in the Ukrainian military and served with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and stepchild.

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Hi Eugene, I know it has been a while but I still think about you every day. I have dreams and when I see you they feel so real, like you never left. At least in those moments everything is back to normal again. You never got to meet him, but my son was born shortly after you passed away. I named him after you, your actual given name "Yeven". We call him Yev for short. Yev is 19 or so months now, he is growing up so fast. He has quite the vocabulary. You'd be proud. I'm looking forward to the day where I can explain the origin of his name to him. Sad to tell you that Grandma passed away last week, mom is having a hard time with it. Things are slowly changing since you left, we really miss you. See you on down the road.

Tristan Kelley
Son
August 11, 2016

 

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