Jessi Combs' vehicle hit object, causing fatal crash, investigators believe

Carla Harmon
November 7, 2019

It's been just over two months since Jessi Combs was killed in a tragic accident, now the cause of that fatal auto crash has been revealed.

Combs was attempting to break the women's land speed record by using a jet-powered auto.

According to the report, the car's front wheel suffered the mechanical failure before the crash.

According to a report obtained by PEOPLE, investigators found that there was a mechanical failure of the front wheel of Combs' vehicle, likely caused as a result of striking an object on the desert. The vehicle reached approximately 550 miles per hour at the time of the crash, authorities said.

'The cause of death of Ms. Combs was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head occurring prior to the fire that engulfed the race vehicle after the crash. Approximately 6 years ago she broke the women's land speed record.

Combs, who formerly starred in Mythbusters, and her team were trying to top 512 miles per hour, the current Women's Land Speed World record set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil.

"The Discovery and MotorTrend family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Jessi Combs", cable network Discovery, which airs Mythbusters, said in a statement to Variety. She replaced Kari Byron, who was on maternity leave, for the seventh season of Mythbusters in 2009, appearing in 12 episodes total. At the time, Combs had already owned the title of "the fastest woman on four wheels" since 2013, after hitting 640 kilometres per hour in a jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

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