Professional driver and TV host Jessi Combs has died after crashing her jet-powered car in her quest to become the fastest woman on the planet. The 36-year-old was killed in the crash on Tuesday at about 4pm on a dry bed lake in Alvord Desert in Oregon.
‘Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history,’ Combs’ family said in a statement.
Combs, dubbed the fastest woman on four wheels, was pursuing a land speed record for women in the North American Eagle.
The former MythBusters host, who broke the 398mph record in 2013, joined the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team as driver that same year. She also managed to hit 483 miles per hour on the same 13-mile course in 2016 but it ended prematurely due to mechanical issues.
Combs was driving the same North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger she has used in previous attempts. The exact details of the crash have not yet been released but her family said she was surrounded by loved ones when she died.
Her family said she had been chasing her dream to become the fastest woman on Earth since 2012 and just days before her death, Combs had posted on Instagram acknowledging her quest to break 512mph.