Racing driver and "Mythbusters" host Jessi Combs died after suffering an accident with her vehicle to break her own speed record. She was 36 years old.
Combs was the "fastest woman on four wheels" after setting a record 398 mph in 2013 with her jet-propelled North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. Combs had tried to beat their record last year. when she managed to get to 483 miles per hour. A mechanical error ended this attempt.
One of her team members, Terry Madden, announced her death on Instagram.
Great wife @thejessicombs, "he wrote." She really was my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute I had with her. She was the most amazing spirit I have ever seen or will ever experience. "
Adam Savage, former co-host on" Mythbusters "also wrote about Combs, appearing in several episodes of the series, as presenter Kari Byron in
"She was a brilliant and unequaled [p] master builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, and every day endeavored to encourage others by her wonderful example," he said on Twitter. "We are less for their absence. "
I'm so sad that Jessi Combs was killed in a crash, she was a brilliant and first-rate builder, engineer, driver, manufacturer, and science communicator, and every day strived to encourage others by her great example She was also a colleague and we are less for her absence.
– Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019
Combs posted photos of the car she wanted to drive to beat her record days before her death.