Jessi Combs, a racer and reality TV star, died Tuesday in an accident while attempting to set a speed record. She was 36.
Road and Track reports Combs was trying to beat her own land-speed record when she lost control of the vehicle. She was driving a jet-powered car across a dry lake bed in Oregon’s Alvord Desert when the accident occurred.
A 911 call was made just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Jessi had previously earned the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” after reaching 398 mph in her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speech Challenger in 2013. She attempted to break the record last year, but ran into mechanical trouble.
Combs was also a builder, known for her work on reality TV shows like “Mythbusters,” “Overhaulin’,” and “Xtreme 4x4.”
Terry Madden, who worked with Jessi on the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team, remembered Jessi with a heartbreaking message on Instagram.
He wrote, in part, “I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs she was truly my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute that I had with her. She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know. Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!! I’m not ok, but she is right here keeping my going.”