Jessi Combs’ 550mph death crash caused by ‘broken WHEEL after her jet car struck an object during speed record attempt’ – The Sun

RACER Jessi Combs' fatal 550mph crash was caused by a broken wheel after her jet car struck an object during her speed record attempt earlier this year.

The daredevil, dubbed the ‘fastest woman on four wheels’, died shortly after video footage of her driving ended when her vehicle came apart in Alvord Desert in Oregon, US, on August 27.

Officials said that an examination of the wreckage has led investigators and Combs’ team to conclude that the front wheel of the vehicle suffered a failure.

Harney County Sheriff's Office concluded this was likely from striking an object on the dry lake bed at approximately 550mph.


The report added that Combs, 39, died from blunt force trauma to her head before the vehicle caught fire.

According to the team’s website, the vehicle’s forged aluminium wheels were designed to retain their integrity at speeds up to 900mph.

Her attempt to break the 512mph land-speed record appeared to be going well with her rocket-propelled car moving at an incredible pace across a dry bed lake.

After the fatal crash, Jessi’s 56-foot-long vehicle was destroyed and towed away on a truck, pictures published by TMZ show.

Jessi was trying to break the women’s land speed record of 512 mph (823 kph) set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil.

She went on to shatter that mark, topping 483 mph in subsequent follow-up runs, though those efforts were not considered official because of mechanical issues, Autoblog reported.


In the weeks before her death, Jessi had seemed excited about the prospect of setting a new record.

In a statement, Jessi’s family said her "most notable dream was being the fastest woman on Earth."

The former Mythbusters host had competed for the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team, which she joined in 2013.

Jessi's partner Terry Madden confirmed her death on August 28 in a heartbreaking Instagram post.

He wrote: "Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!

"I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman she was truly my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute that I had with her.

"She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know.

"I'm not okay but she is right here keeping me going. I made her a promise that if this didn't go well that I would make sure and do good with it."

South Dakota-born Jessi had always dreamed of being a racing car driver.

After graduating from WyoTech in Wyoming with a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication, she explored careers in television.

She hosted automotive shows, including Xtreme 4×4, Overhaulin', Truck U, and Two Guys Garage.

Combs had also appeared as a host and builder on Discovery Channel's Mythbusters.

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