How You Can Help
The Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association has set up a memorial fund for Deputy Kostiuchenko’s family. Donations can be mailed to VCDSA FBO: Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko, 981 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003, or sent to any branch of the Ventura County Credit Union.
About the Honoree
At approximately 1:14 am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko was conducting a traffic stop on the 101 Freeway near the Lewis Road exit in Camarillo. A second unit arrived to assist Deputy Kostiuchenko. They completed their investigation and released that driver. The backup deputies returned to their car and were sitting inside their patrol unit as Deputy Kostiuchenko was walking back to his car. A vehicle then approached at a high rate of speed, striking Deputy Kostiuchenko and side-swiping his car. Deputy Kostiuchenko was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver, identified as 25-year-old Kevin Hogrefe of Camarillo, continued on at a high rate of speed before crashing off the roadway near Las Posas Road. Hogrefe was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for felony DUI.
Deputy Kostiuchenko, age 41, was an 11-year veteran who had been assigned to the Camarillo sheriff’s station. He is survived by his wife and two sons.