Jessi Combs Dies Trying to Break Her Land Speed Record in Oregon
Professional driver and TV host Jessica "Jessi" Combs died in a jet car while attempting to break a land speed record in Oregon, officials said.
Combs, 39, who held the title of "fastest woman on 4-wheels," was attempting to break her own record she set in 2013 with a top speed of 440 mph, according to her team's website.
Combs was identified as the driver of the vehicle and was pronounced dead on scene, the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Combs' family released a statement about her death:
"It is with extreme grief, and in celebration of her life that her family and close friends share that race car driver, and TV personality Jessi Combs, passed away in a fatal crash, as she pursued setting a land speed record in the North American Eagle on August, 27th 2019 on a dry lake bed in Oregon," the statement said. "Jessi’s bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of her dreams inspired everyone who met her. Her drive and spirit were infectious, and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world. Surounded by her family and friends at the time of her passing, Jessi lived fearlessly and her legacy lives on in the countless lives she touched.."