Los Angeles - Professional driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died in a crash on Tuesday while trying to break her own land speed record, according to multiple reports. She was 36.
Combs' North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team-mate Terry Madden confirmed on Instagram on Wednesday that "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!!" Madden wrote of the crash that occurred around 4pm in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon.
Madden wrote: "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."
In 2013, Combs became known as "the fastest woman on four wheels" after driving her jet-powered North American Eagle to a speed of 640km/h. According to Popular Mechanics, Combs has hit 777km/h in the same vehicle and was attempting to set a new land speed record at the time of the fatal crash.