Death investigation underway following death of New Smyrna Speedway employee, deputies said

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County sheriff’s deputies are conducting an investigation after a New Smyrna Speedway employee died following an altercation at the racetrack.

According to deputies, the employee, 59-year-old Russel Crews, had a medical emergency following the altercation at the racetrack on Sunday and later died at the hospital.

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Deputies responded to the New Smyrna Speedway around 12:30 a.m. in reference to an altercation between two racing teams. The squabble involved a dozen or more people, according to deputies.

Witness said Crews stepped in to break up the crowd and become involved in a dispute of his own.

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According deputies, after the crowd dispersed, Crews sat down and began having a medical episode.

Deputies said a witness began performing CPR on Crews until EMS arrived. EMS took over and transported Crews to the hospital where he later died.

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This is an active investigation, and there is no evidence that links Crews’ death to any specific actions of anyone involved in the altercation.

There were no other injuries reported.