Jessi Combs, a professional racer and TV host, was killed Tuesday in a car accident in Oregon while attempting to break her own land-speed record. She was 36 years old.
Combs was driving a jet-powered land-speed car in the Alvord Desert when the crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon, according to local reports.
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Team member Terry Madden confirmed Combs’ death in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday, writing, “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 [Jessi Combs]. 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!!”
He continued, “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. … 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.” (Click here to see his post in full.)
Just three days before her death, Combs posted this picture of her jet-powered car to Twitter, acknowledging the danger she was about to put herself in:
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 ;)
.#fastestwomanonearth #almost #fasterthanfast #jetcar #afterburner #landpsee… https://t.co/IrnCQQWMGJ pic.twitter.com/A5NZ6Luq0u
— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) August 24, 2019
She began her career in television in 2004 as the host of Xtreme 4×4. She later appeared in 12 episodes of MythBusters‘ seventh season, filling in for Kari Byron while she was on maternity leave. Her on-screen career also included hosting gigs on shows like Velocity’s All Girls Garage and Discovery Channels’ Overhaulin and BREAK ROOM.