Jessi Combs, known as the “fastest woman on four-wheels,” died in Oregon Tuesday (Aug. 27) in a car accident while attempting to break her previously-set women’s landspeed record in a jet car.
Oregon news station KTVZ reported the fatal crash took place in the Alvord Desert in Harney County, where landspeed records have been previously attempted.
Combs (pictured), 36 years old, had appeared on Velocity’s (now Motor Trend) Overhaulin’ and Discovery Channel’s MythBusters.
“The Discovery and MotorTrend family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Jessi Combs,” the company said in a statement to Realscreen. “She was a friend and colleague, an icon in the industry, and an undeniable force of nature who left an indelible mark on the car world. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.”
Former team member Terry Madden took to Instagram Aug. 28 to share the news of Combs death.
“She was the most amazing spirit I have ever or will ever know,” he wrote. “I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!”
Madden added she was filming a documentary at the time and that the film will be finished “as she wished.”
Adam Savage, former co-host of Mythbusters, tweeted his condolences Aug. 28.
“I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash,” he said. “She was a brilliant & [top-notch] builder, engineer, driver, fabricator and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example. She was also a colleague, and we are lesser for her absence.”
In a recent Instagram post, Coombs wrote: “It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire… People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.”
Photo courtesy Jessi Combs/Twitter