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'Fastest woman' racer dies trying to break own record

29 August 2019, MVT 15:44
In this file photo taken on August 01, 2012 Professional racer Jessi Combs speaks at the 'Overhaulin' discussion panel during the Discovery Networks/Velocity portion of the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Jessi Combs, a television host and professional racer, died on August 28, 2019 in Oregon while trying to set a world land speed record. Her death was confirmed by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the scene of the crash in the Alvord Desert, Oregon. PHOTO: Frederick M. Brown / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
29 August 2019, MVT 15:44

Racing driver Jessi Combs, considered the "fastest woman on four wheels," was killed in a car accident trying to break her own record, police said Wednesday.

Combs's jet car crashed Tuesday in the Alvord Desert where she was pronounced dead at the scene, officers in the northwestern US state of Oregon said in a statement.

Combs, 39, earned her "fastest woman" title in 2013 when she hit 398 miles (641 kilometers) per hour, and police said the fatal crash occurred while "attempting to break" the record.

"Jessi Combs was pronounced deceased at the scene," the Harney County Sheriff's Office statement said. "The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is currently being investigated".

Combs, who also appeared on various US television shows, previously tried to break her record in October.

According to industry media, she was able to exceed her previous speed to reach 483 miles per hour, but a mechanical problem meant the record couldn't be officially validated.

She had expected to do even better on Tuesday.

Combs, an accomplished mechanic, had challenged herself to beat American stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil's 1976 "fastest woman in the world" record, which was set on a three-wheel vehicle also in the Alvord Desert, at 512 miles per hour.

Los Angeles, United States | AFP

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