Mythbusters’ Jessi Combs dies while trying to break land speed record

Racer and TV personality Jessi Combs was killed when she crashed trying for a land-speed record, her team confirmed Wednesday.

The 39-year-old former Mythbusters host, known as “the fastest woman on four wheels,” was trying to break the Women’s Land Speed Record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil when her 52,000 horsepower jet-powered car crashed on a dry lake bed in Oregon’s Alvord Desert.

“Jessi’s bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of her dreams inspired everyone who met her,” her family said. “Her drive and spirit were infectious, and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world.”

Former Mythbusters host Adam Savage tweeted that Combs was a “brilliant and top-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator.”

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