Desire to go past 823 K/ph proved costly for the fastest woman on four wheels

Last Modified Thursday, 29 August 2019 (11:47 IST)
High-speed racer has died in what was called a "horrific accident" while trying to break the land-speed record of 512 mph (823 kph). Combs was known as "the fastest woman on four wheels."
Jessi Combs died in a crash in Oregon's Alvord Desert trying to beat a land-speed record, her teammates announced on Wednesday.
 
The incident occurred as Combs, known as the "fastest woman on four wheels," was trying to break the Women's of 512 mph (823 kph), set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil, which was achieved on three wheels.
 
Terry Madden, Combs' teammate on the North American Eagle racing team, said on social media that he was devastated by Combs' death.
 
"She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know," Madden wrote in a post that included a video collage of photos and clips of Combs with various team members. "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!!"
 
Combs holds the top speed recorded by a woman on four wheels after reaching 398 mph (640 kph) in 2013.
 
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Combs wrote: "People say I'm crazy. I say, 'thank you.'"In a statement, Combs' family said her "most notable dream was being the fastest woman on Earth."jsi/sms (Reuters, AP)