Jay Leno and the stars of Mythbusters paid tribute to professional driver and TV presenter Jessi Combs who was killed yesterday after crashing her jet-powered car while trying to break her own women's speed record
Combs, 39, tried to outperform her 398mph record on a dry bed lake in the Alvord Desert in Oregon around 4 p.m. when she crashed and died.
Now TV presenter Leno, who previously hosted Combs in an episode of his CNBC show, & # 39; Jay Leno & # 39; s Garage & # 39 ;, has led a stream of tribute to the popular star.
He wrote on Twitter: & # 39; In memory of the fastest woman on four wheels. Your memory lives on. & # 39;
Mythbusters Kari Byron, who was temporarily replaced by Combs during maternity leave, wrote: & # 39; So sad to hear about Jessi. She was a badass. Always pushing boundaries. Send a smile for her to the universe. & # 39;
Jessi Combs was killed Tuesday after crashing her jet car as she tried to break her own speed record for women in Oregon
Fellow show star Adam Savage said: & I am so sad that Jessi Combs died in a crash.
& # 39; She was a brilliant & notch builder, engineer, driver, manufacturer and science communicator, striving to encourage others every day through her wonderful example. She was also a colleague and we are less because of her absence. & # 39;
And co-star Tory Belleci added: & # 39; Absolutely eroded to hear the news from Jessi Combs. You are a legend Jessi and I will miss you my friend. & # 39;
Actress Kristy Swanson wrote: & We immediately became friends and with open arms you welcomed me into the motorcycle family, driving next to you was an honor.
& # 39; A radiant pearl tough, strong and beautiful on the outside but soft on the inside. My heart is so heavy, I will miss you, my sister. & # 39;
Combs, named the fastest woman on four wheels, tried to improve her land speed record of 398 miles per hour, which she set in 2013.
Researchers are now trying to find the laptops that were aboard the Combs & # 39; jet car to find the cause of the crash that killed her.
The police confirmed that there was a fire, although they are not sure what the cause of the fire was.
Lt. Brian Needham of the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of Harney County told the New York Post: & # 39; They are waiting for the team to recover the (engine and systems) information stored on the inboard computers. & # 39;
Kammen, called the fastest woman on four wheels, aimed for a speed record for women in the North American eagle.
The TV personality, which broke the record of 398 km / h in 2013, entered service with the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team that same year.
She managed to hit 483 miles per hour in a shakedown run on the same 13-mile track in 2016, but it ended prematurely due to mechanical problems.
Combs rode the same North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger that she had used in previous attempts.
Researchers are now trying to find the laptops that were aboard the Combs & # 39; jet car to find the cause of the crash that killed her
The exact details of the crash have not yet been released, but her family said she was surrounded by loved ones when she died.
Her family said she was after her dream of becoming the fastest woman on earth since 2012.
& # 39; Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the courage to turn those possibilities into reality and she made this earth run faster than any other woman in history, & # 39; they said in a statement.
Just days before her death, Combs had posted on Instagram that she had acknowledged her search to break 512 mph.
& # 39; It may seem a little crazy to walk straight into the line of fire … those who are willing are those who achieve great things. People say I'm crazy. I say thanks, & # 39; she wrote and added the hashtags # gottabreak512 # aimingfor619.
Just days before her death, Combs had posted on Instagram that she had acknowledged her search to break 512 mph
The 39-year-old was killed in the crash on Tuesday at about 4 pm on a dry bed lake in the Alvord desert in Oregon
Just days before her death, Combs had posted on Instagram (above) confirming her search for breaking 512 km / h
Her partner Terry Madden confirmed the news of the horrific accident in an Instagram tribute message on Wednesday and said he was doing everything he could to save her.
& # 39; I was the first one there and believe that we have done everything to save her, & # 39; wrote Madden.
& # 39; I have never loved someone so much as this great woman, she was really my unicorn and I enjoyed every minute I had with her.
& # 39; She was the most amazing spirit I have ever known.
& # 39; I'm not okay, but she's here to continue. I made a promise to her that if this didn't go well, I would be sure and do well with it. & # 39;
Her family honored Combs and said she was known for her "radiant smile, positivity, and tenacity in fulfilling her dreams."
The exact details of the crash have not yet been released, but her family said she was surrounded by loved ones when she died. Kammen is pictured above in Oregon during a test session in 2016
& # 39; Her drive was contagious and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world.
& # 39; People who loved her and followed her became family, all connected by adventure and passion. Her fans loved her and she lived to inspire them.
& # 39; Surrounded by her family and friends at the time of her death, Jessi lived fearlessly and her legacy lives on in the countless lives she has touched. & # 39;
Combs, born in Rapid City, South Dakota, had a lifelong dream of becoming a driver.
She graduated from WyoTech in Wyoming with a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication and eventually fell into television.
She organized several car shows, including Xtreme 4×4, Overhaulin & # 39 ;, Truck U and Two Guys Garage.
Combs previously also appeared as host and builder on Mythbusters of Discovery Channel.
Her family said they were planning a celebration of her life and promised to set up a foundation to continue her efforts to empower women and young girls.
Her family said she was after her dream of becoming the fastest woman on earth since 2012
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