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Woman Dies At E. Iowa Racetrack

DONNELLSON, IA (AP) -- A 70-year-old West Burlington woman has died after being run over by a car on the grounds of the Lee County Speedway in southeast Iowa.

The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports police were called to the track located in Donnellson on Saturday night after a woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the pit area.

Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says the woman, Chon Cha Mathias, died as a result of the car accident.

She had been taken to a Fort Madison hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her obituary at Prugh Funeral Service says she was the retired manager of a Burlington bar and restaurant and the long-time companion of Patrick Mewes, of West Burlington, a director of the Mississippi Valley Vintage Race Car Association.

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