63-year-old woman died after hit-and-run collision in north-central Omaha, police say


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OMAHA, Nebraska — A 63-year-old woman has been killed in a hit-and-run collision in north-central Omaha.

Omaha police say Kathleen Benes, of Valparaiso, died at the scene of the accident Sunday afternoon. She was driving east on Maple Street when her car was struck from behind by another sedan. The impact knocked her car into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a westbound pickup. The pickup driver was hospitalized.

Police say the sedan driver drove away, followed by a witness in his car. The witness called 911 and shared information that led officers to the sedan. They arrested the sedan driver, who was identified as 35-year-old Justin Ayers, of Omaha. He remained in custody on Monday. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer who could be contacted to comment about the accident.

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