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Video: California Deputy Killed in Hit-and-Run, DUI Suspect Arrested

October 28, 2014  | 

VIDEO: California Deputy Killed in Hit-and-Run

A Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputy killed Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash involving a driver arrested on suspicion of DUI was identified as an 11-year department veteran who pursued his passion for law enforcement after coming to the United States from Ukraine, reports KNBC.

Dep. Eugene Kostiuchenko, 41, was just wrapping up a traffic stop near the Lewis Road on-ramp on the northbound 101 Freeway in Camarillo at about 1:15 a.m. when he was struck and killed. The driver involved in the traffic stop had already left the scene, but a second deputy who responded to the traffic stop saw the DUI driver sideswipe his colleague as he was outside his patrol vehicle, said Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow.

Kostiuchenko was originally from Ukraine, and worked for Ventura County's Emergency Preparedness Office. Colleagues said he wanted to become a deputy and became a U.S. citizen to be able to do so.

The hit-and-run driver later crashed on the northbound 101 Freeway near Las Posas Road. The 25-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and DUI, according to the sheriff's department.

Comments (6)

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Larry Romero @ 10/28/2014 7:21 PM

God love Deputy Kostiuchenko. My thoughts and prayers for his family and the Ventura County Sheriffs Department. God bless all law enforcement who go to work everyday.

Longtime police chief @ 10/28/2014 8:02 PM

If he in fact was "side-swiped" it tends to indicate to me that he was standing at the driver's door. It continues to baffle me why we can't get an effective paradigm shift in law enforcement and get officers to understand that a passenger-side approach is much safer.....most of the time.

Nightstalker @ 10/28/2014 8:18 PM

This is also sad as there is to many cops getting killed out there unlike the old days and i blame the white house for this letting everyone come into this country.

Tschako @ 10/28/2014 10:41 PM

Longtimepolicechief: You didn't read the article well. He was standing at the drivers door of his patrol unit. That's how you get into those.

TheRookie @ 10/29/2014 12:49 AM

Makes no difference what he did it would have been bad. If he sideswiped the Deputies Patrol Vehicle then he would have most likely caught him at the pulled over vehicle. Azz hats like the suspect need to be jailed for vehicular homicide. But in Kook-I-Fornia they'll give him some chump charge., & if he's an illegal they'll probably want to let him off at the border. It's bad days for L.E. & I blame the POTUS, A.G., & Liberal State Democrats. They have the Rodney King desire, "Can't We All Just Get Along?" That while the thugs rob, deal, & kill people.

cacopper83 @ 11/2/2014 5:44 AM

Deputy Kostiuchenko had already cut the suspected violator loose and was getting into his patrol vehicle when he was struck by the suspect.
God Bless and Rest In Peace Brother.

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