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"A fiercely loyal friend:" Loved ones remember Kenosha motorcyclist, killed in hit-and-run crash

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 29-year-old Kenosha man turned himself in after a hit-and-run crash involving a motorcycle.

Paul Turner is now facing charges.

According to court documents, Turner took off then turned himself in the day after the crash happened. Friends of the victim say they loved being around him and they can't believe he's gone.

"He was one of the most passionate people I knew, he was a fiercley loyal friend," said Michael Wyant.

Michael Wyant knew 19-year-old Zachariah Bulanow since the 7th grade. He says they were like brothers.

"He had a passion for motorcycles, cars that was his life," said Wyant.

Sunday night, everything changed.

"Zach was on his way home to drop off his bike to get his car to drive to a movie with a friend," Wyant said. 

Witnesses saw a driver pull out of the BP Gas Station parking lot and drive into oncoming traffic, heading east in a westbound lane.

The suspected driver, 29-year-old Paul Turner, turned into the Aldi parking lot. When Zach was hit, Turner took off.

Hours later, he showed up at the Kenosha Police Department. Turner told investigators he did not take any drugs that evening but he did have a little bit to drink. He also said he fled because "he thought someone was going to kill him."

Turner is facing homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit-and-run - resulting in death charges. He will be back in court next Thursday. His cash bond was set at $75,000.

Wyant says he'll continue to keep his best friend's memory alive. He's gathering videos and photos of Zach to remember the good times they shared.

"He would want us to remember him for who he was and all the good times." 

The funeral will be on Friday.


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