Jessi Combs, a TV host and professional racer, died behind the wheel of a 56-foot jetlike car while trying to set the land speed record. She was 39. https://t.co/Lvvgoe5mHw— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 28, 2019
Jessi Combs, a television host and professional racer, died on Tuesday in Oregon while trying to break the women’s land-speed world record.
She had been driving the North American Eagle, a 56-foot-long jetlike car capable of generating over 45,500 horsepower. The crash occurred on a dry lake bed.
Combs filled-in for Kari Bryon during her maternity leave from the popular Discovery Channel show Mythbuster. She also hosted “Xtreme 4x4,” a show about off-roading, and “Overhaulin’,” a show about revamping cars.
I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash. She was a brilliant & too-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example. She was also a colleague, and we are lesser for her absence.— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019
GSOC is saddened to learn of the passing of Jessi Combs. We had the opportunity to work with Jessi who held a welding workshop for Girl Scouts this past March, giving girls the opportunity to try MIG welding. Our hearts are with her family, friends, and fans. @realdealrevolution pic.twitter.com/tnah3NrO4Y— Girl Scouts OC (@girlscoutsoc) August 29, 2019
Sources: The New YorkTimes tweet, The Kari Bryon tweet, The Adam Savage tweet, The Girl Scouts Organization tweet, The New York Times