KENOSHA — A motorcyclist killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash in Kenosha has been identified as 19-year-old Sturtevant resident Zachariah Bulanow, Kenosha police said Wednesday afternoon.
Bulanow was killed at about 9:11 p.m. Sunday in the 6400 block of 75th Street (Highway 50) near Highway 31 when his motorcycle and a vehicle collided, police said.
The driver of the vehicle, Paul A. Turner, 29, of Kenosha, fled the scene but turned himself over to police on Monday.
On Wednesday, Turner, of the 2600 block of 29th Street, was charged with felony counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run involving death.
Turner was reportedly driving a friend’s SUV just after 9 p.m. Sunday when he pulled out of a gas station parking lot and headed east in the westbound lanes of Highway 50 just east of Green Bay Road.
According to the criminal complaint:
A witness who was driving behind the motorcycle said the driver of the SUV attempted to turn north into the Aldi grocery store parking lot and collided with the motorcycle. The witness reportedly told police the driver of the SUV “initially stopped, then fled the scene.”
That witness stopped and attempted to help, but Bulanow had suffered “severe lacerations to his neck” and died of blood loss at the scene.
A second witness, a friend of Bulanow who was also driving behind the motorcycle, saw the crash, stopped to check on his friend, then followed the SUV when he saw the driver flee. According to the complaint, that witness followed the SUV to the 3900 block of 55th Street, where the driver got out of the vehicle and left on foot.
Turner turned himself in to Kenosha Police the next morning.
Turner gives his account
Turner reportedly told police he had driven a friend’s car to get pizza. He said he had drank a small amount of alcohol before the crash. Speaking to police, Turner told a confused account of the crash, saying he may have driven into the westbound lanes “and turned in a circle and drove back in the driveway he had come out of and was struck by something at that time.”
Turner told police he fled because he thought he had been “rammed from behind” and that he thought someone was trying to kill him because cars were following him.
Defense attorney Kristyne Watson noted at Turner’s initial court appearance that Turner was a lifelong Kenosha resident and that he is employed at a food production plant. “I think it is important to note that he did turn himself in, and he was cooperative with law enforcement,” she said.
Retired Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Kluka, acting as court commissioner Wednesday, set Turner’s bond at $75,000.
“This incident resulted in the death of another human being,” Kluka said. “You did not stay at the scene to see if this individual could have been helped.” She said that the fact that Bulanow could likely not have been saved “doesn’t make a difference as far as your conduct.”
Turner is next expected in court on July 19.