US race car driver and TV personality Jessi Combs – dubbed the “fastest woman on four wheels” –has been killed while attempting to set a new land speed record.
The 39-year-old’s family confirmed that she had died in a crash in a jet-powered car in south-east Oregon.
Her family said in a statement that they remembered her “bright smile and positivity”.
She had earned the title of ‘fastest woman’ in 2013 when she reached 398mph (641km/h) and was trying to beat that speed and the absolute women’s land speed record of 512mph (824km/h) – set by Kitty O’Neil in 1976 – when the accident happened. No further details have so far been released about the crash.
“Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012… and she left this Earth driving faster than any other woman in history,” her family said.Enjoy more Classic American reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.