'MythBusters' Star Jessi Combs Dead at 39

David Caplan
August 29, 2019 - 8:05 am

(1010 WINS) -- Race car driver and former TV personality on "MythBusters" Jessi Combs -- dubbed the "fastest woman on four wheels" -- was killed Tuesday after she crashed in the Alvord Desert in Oregon, according to local reports. She was 39.

She assumed the aforementioned nickname after breaking 398 mph in 2013 in the same North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger she crashed. 

The South Dakota native was attempting to beat her previous record, and had attempted it as recently as last year, when she managed a 483.227 mph shakedown run before mechanical problems ended the attempt, according to her bio on her website. 

Last Saturday she tweeted a picture of her and the jet car as she prepared for this most recent speed record attempt.

"It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire... those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. . ." she tweeted. "People say I’m crazy. I say thank you ;)."