Racer Jessi Combs killed in Oregon trying to break record

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She was trying to break record

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Professional racer Jessi Combs was killed in a crash in Oregon while attempting to break her own land-speed record.

The 36-year-old was driving her jet-powered car Tuesday through the Alvord Desert when she lost control of the vehicle, Road and Track reported.

The Harney County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they responded to the scene approximately 90 miles south of Burns and that Combs died at the scene.

The fatal incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Combs was from Long Beach, California.

Her teammate Terry Madden confirmed her death on Wednesday morning in an Instagram post.

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So I don’t know how to say any of this but it all needs said. I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs 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. 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’m not ok, but she is right here keeping my going-I made her a promise that if this didn’t go well that I would make sure and do good with it, please help me with that, you are all going to see things on news please believe non of them.. we the family have drafted a release and it will come out today with more proper info, but I was just woke up by the media tracking me down and I need everyone of her true friends to do what she would want “take a deep breath, relax” and do good things with this. Please donate to nothing, I know there will be people try, we are finishing the documentary as she wished and the world will know the truth and her foundation will use those funds to do amazing things in this world and make her legacy live on properly. In the coming days her family and I will get the proper channels put together that you can then donate to that foundation but until you hear it from me wait please-I don’t want some asshole profiting off this (all ready had one try to sell us a video)… . . Love you all and thank you all for being such amazing friends to her, she dedicated her life to helping support others dreams and I promise I will continue that.

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“She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know,” Madden 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!!”

According to Road and Track, Combs was previously named the “fastest woman on four wheels” after setting a record with a speed of 298 mph piloting her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

KRON News Staff contributed to this report.

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