Jessi Combs died after attempting to beat the women’s land speed record on Tuesday. Combs passed away in a jet-car while racing in a dry lake desert in Oregon as she tried to beat Kitty O’Neil’s record of 512 mph. Specific details of the fatal accident have not been released.
She had announced just 3 days prior to the accident through an Instagram post that she hoped to break O’Neil’s time. “It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire…those who are willing, are those who achieve great things.” Combs said.
She had a business in Long Beach called Real Deal Revolution that focused on revolutionizing the perception of skilled trades and women’s roles in them. Beside her automotive hobby, she worked as a television host and producer for TV shows such as “Mythbusters”, ”Overhaulin”, ” All Girls Garage”, and “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
Family, fans, teammates, and co-stars have been sending their condolences via social media with comments and posts about her achievements. Many consider her an inspiring role model.
By Alondra Villa