Speed racer Jessi Combs.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – The world’s “fastest woman on four wheels” died while trying to break her own record, according to reports on Wednesday.
Jessi Combs, 39, died on Tuesday in what a teammate called a “horrific accident” in Oregon’s Alvord Desert. She was driving a jet-powered car on the dry lake bed when it crashed shortly after 4pm local time. An investigation is underway.
“I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!” her teammate, Terry Madden, wrote on Instagram. “I’m not ok, but she is right here keeping me going.”
Combs’ family said it was her dream to become the world’s fastest woman by beaing the 512mph record set by Kitty O’Neil in 1976.
In 2013, Combs broke a record by driving 393 miles per hour. She set another record in 2016 when she drove nearly 478 mph, her fastest speed, in the same desert where she died on Tuesday. ICA/Expat Media
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