This well-beloved actor died in a jet car crash, attempting a speed record in Oregon. She has been identified as the sole fatality of the crash, which is now under investigation.
Jessi Combs, the professional racer and former host of shows like ‘Mythbusters’ and ‘Xtreme 4×4’ who was known as the “fastest woman on four wheels,” has died in a fiery crash while attempting to break a land speed record, said authorities.
Combs, 36, was the primary driver on the North American Eagle racing team, which she joined in 2013. The vehicle that Combs was driving, dubbed the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, is a jet-powered vehicle that was based on the fuselage of a U.S. Air Force jet fighter aircraft.
The “horrific accident” happened as Combs was hitting breakneck speeds in a dry lake bed in Oregon’s Alvord Desert on Tuesday afternoon, according to her team. The section of the Alvord Desert that the team was using is approximately 8 miles long.
The Harney County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene after receiving a call about the fatal crash around 4 pm on Tuesday.
Lt. Brian Needham of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office said that “there was a fire involved,” but is unable to say whether or not Combs’ car hit something to cause the blaze. Investigators are now attempting to recover computers that were on board the jet vehicle in an effort to determine exactly what went wrong.
While investigators are involved in determining the cause of the auto accident, attorneys are not involved at this time.
Aside from Combs, Needham said that there have been no known deaths in the desert from drivers attempting land speed records during his 23 years with the sheriff’s department.
Since 2012, Combs had been chasing her dream to become the fastest woman on earth, according to her family, and “she left this earth driving aster than any other woman in history.”
She was originally declared the “fastest woman on four wheels” after reaching 398 mph with the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger in 2013. She wound up beating her own record three years later, when she managed to hit 440 mph. But her highest record came two years later, with a speed of 483 mph.