Race car driver and Mitbusters host Jesse Combs passed away after a car crash in an attempt to break his own land speed record. She was 36.
The riders were known as "the fastest four-wheeled woman" after setting a record of 398 mph in 2013 in their North American eagle supersonic Challenger. Combs tried to break her record last year when she managed to reach 483 mph. The mechanical error put an end to this attempt.
One member of her team, Terry Madden, announced her death on Instagram.
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"I've never been loved or loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs," he wrote. "She was really my unicorn and I enjoyed every minute I had with her. She was the most incredible spirit I've ever had or will ever know. "
Adam Savage, a former contributor to Mythbusters, also writes about Combs. Crest appeared in several episodes of the show when presenter Carrie Byron was on maternity leave.
"She was brilliant even by [p] ̵
I'm so sad that Jesse Combs was killed in a crash. She was a brilliant and all-too-remarkable builder, engineer, driver, manufacturer, and communicator of science, and sought to encourage others daily through her magnificent example. She was also a colleague and we are less for her absence.
– Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019
Combs posted photos of the car she planned to drive to record her days before her death.