De Amerikaanse autocoureur en voormalig Mythbuster Jessi Combs is overleden. Ze kreeg de titel ‘snelste vrouw op vier wielen’ nadat ze een snelheidsrecord van 777 kilometer per uur vestigde. Ze probeerde haar record te verbeteren, maar crashte tijdens de poging.
Een vriend van Combs die aanwezig was bij het ongeluk bevestigde op Instagram dat de 36-jarige coureur is overleden. "Ze is omgekomen bij een afschuwelijk ongeluk. Ik was als eerste ter plaatse en we hebben er alles aan gedaan om haar te redden."
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.
Ook haar collega’s van Mythbusters reageren verdrietig op het nieuws. Adam Savage schrijft: “Ze was een briljante bouwer, ingenieur, coureur en promoter van de wetenschap, en deed elke dag haar best om anderen haar goede voorbeeld te doen volgen.” Kari Byron, voor wie Combs inviel tijdens haar zwangerschapsverlof, noemt Jessi een echte badass.
I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash. She was a brilliant & too-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example. She was also a colleague, and we are lesser for her absence.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019