Jessi Combs, a TV presenter and professional racing driver, died in Oregon on Tuesday trying to set a world record for land speed.
wife. The death of Combs was confirmed in a statement by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, which responded to the crash in the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. The office said they did not know the cause of the crash.
In a statement to Jalopnik, the car magazine and others her family shared that Mrs. Combs 39 I had driven with the North American Eagle, a 1.80 meter long, jet-like car, that could afford over 45,500 hp. The crash occurred on a dry lake bottom.
wife. Combs was a fan of lifelong racing, whose love of cars and sports led her on television, with a short series of performances in "MythBusters," the popular science show, and continues as a presenter in "Xtreme 4×4 ". a show about offroading and "Overhaulin", a show about the revision of cars.
On Twitter, Adam Savage, a series of "MythBusters", praised Mrs. Combs as a brilliant "builder, engineer, driver, manufacturer and science communicator," who daily strived to encourage others by her prodigious example "
" She was also a colleague, and we're less concerned about her absence, "he added." My heart goes to her family. "
After Ms. Combs graduated from Wyoming Technical University with a degree She graduated in automotive manufacturing, found her way to "Overhaulin" and then to "Xtreme 4×4" her personal website.In 2007, she suffered a spinal injury in an accident involving a large machine part, whereupon she decided to leave the show – two years later She appeared on "MythBusters."
For the past decade, Ms. Combs has also participated in a series of competitive events, and she became the "" fast ste Woman on Four Wheels "After she had attempted to break the world record for women's land speed in 2013, where she reached a speed of 398 mph to biography.
In a run last fall, according to her personal website, Mrs. Combs was able to reach a speed of just over 483 miles per hour . The current women's speed record was set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil at the place where Mrs. Combs died in the Alvord Desert of Oregon.
On Instagram she reached a speed of 512.7 miles per hour on Wednesday colleague Terry Madden confirmed her death and wrote: "She was the most amazing spirit I have ever seen or will ever experience . "
In 2017, Ms. Combs returned to her home state of South Dakota to become the first Grand Marshal to serve a local motorcycle rally. When asked about her plans for the future by a local reporter she described them as constantly evolving.
"Ideas, dreams and goals change as we experience life. I'm not sure if I can see it as something I have not achieved yet, as I always strive for something more, "she said.