‘Fastest woman on four wheels’ dead in crash
Racer Jessi Combs was killed in a crash in the US while attempting to break her own land-speed record, according to reports.
Combs, 36, was driving her jet-powered car on Tuesday through the Alvord Desert in Oregon when she lost control of the vehicle, Road and Track reported.
The fatal incident occurred on a dry lake bed in Harney County and was reported to emergency services shortly after 4pm (9am AEST), local news station KTYZ reported.
Combs appeared on 12 episodes of popular show Mythbusters during Season 7 while regular member Kari Byron was on maternity leave.
Combs previously was named the "fastest woman on four wheels" after she set a record with a speed of 640km piloting her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, according to Road and Track.
The auto legend has competed as a member of the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team, which she joined the same year she won the title, the publication reported.
Just days before her death, Combs had posted on Instagram describing her quest to beat her own record.
"It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire … those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. People say I'm crazy. I say thank you," she wrote, adding the hashtags #gottabreak512 #aimingfor619.
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So I don’t know how to say any of this but it all needs said. I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs she was truly my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute that I had with her. She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know. Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!! I’m not ok, but she is right here keeping my going-I made her a promise that if this didn’t go well that I would make sure and do good with it, please help me with that, you are all going to see things on news please believe non of them.. we the family have drafted a release and it will come out today with more proper info, but I was just woke up by the media tracking me down and I need everyone of her true friends to do what she would want “take a deep breath, relax” and do good things with this. Please donate to nothing, I know there will be people try, we are finishing the documentary as she wished and the world will know the truth and her foundation will use those funds to do amazing things in this world and make her legacy live on properly. In the coming days her family and I will get the proper channels put together that you can then donate to that foundation but until you hear it from me wait please-I don’t want some asshole profiting off this (all ready had one try to sell us a video)... . . Love you all and thank you all for being such amazing friends to her, she dedicated her life to helping support others dreams and I promise I will continue that.
Her teammate and partner, Terry Madden, confirmed her death on Wednesday morning in an Instagram post.
"She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know," Mr Madden wrote. "Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!"