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Woman dies while trying to become the fastest on four wheels
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Woman dies while trying to become the fastest on four wheels

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World’s fastest woman on four wheels, Jessi Combs, died on Tuesday in Oregon in her attempt to become faster using a jet-powered car.

The 36-year-old earned her nickname as ‘fastest woman on four wheels’ by continuously breaking world records. In 2013, she broke a 48-year-old record when she reached 393 mph in her North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. She set another record in 2016 when she drove nearly 478 mph, her fastest speed.

Her Tuesday's attempt ended in an accident in which she died. Terry Madden, a member of Combs' crew, confirmed her death in an Instagram post this morning, stating that he was the first one there.

Combs, who self-described as a "stereotype breaker", was also an established metal fabricator and welder. She received a degree in custom automotive fabrication from WyoTech and established a line of welding gear for women.