A motorcyclist died Friday evening in a collision involving two cars along Interstate 80, Omaha police said.

Officers were dispatched to the scene just west of South 36th Street on I-80 about 9:30 p.m. Their investigation revealed that the collision occurred when the drivers of a 2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 2006 Ford Mustang tried to merge into the same lane headed west on I-80.

The driver of the motorcycle was ejected and struck by a third, unknown vehicle. The driver of the third vehicle did not stop after striking the motorcyclist.

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The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by Omaha Fire Department medics. The identity of the motorcyclist is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

The driver of the Mustang, 19-year-old Braxton Zirkle of Gas City, Indiana, was not injured in the crash.

Michael Boehnlein is the Living and Money page designer as well as an online editor for the Omaha Word-Herald.

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