by Melissa Shoemaker
Jessi Combs passed away tragically Tuesday following a crash while piloting a jet-car in the Alvord Desert, about 90 miles south of Burns, OR. She was reportedly attempting to break her current record as the fastest woman on four wheels of 398 mph which was set in 2013.
Jessi was a well known TV Personality, having stared in Overhaulin’, All Girls Garage, Mythbusters and other popular shows. However, most of us knew her as a huge part of our motorcycle community. She was an ambassador for Biker Belles, and just recently attended the Sturgis Rally where I was able to spend a little bit of time with her during Micheal Lichter’s Motorcycles As Art Industry Party. Jessi talked about how excited she was to be getting back into the Jet-Car. I believe she left us doing exactly what she loved.
Terry Madden released a statement earlier today on social media, breaking the news of Jessi’s death.
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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.
Madden wrote that the family are working on an official press release, and that they plan to continue Combs’ legacy and complete her wishes for an upcoming documentary, her foundation, and other plans in the wake of this incalculable loss. He also advised fans to hold off on any donations in Combs’ memory just yet, until the family makes its official announcement.
Several friends and fans have turned to Social Media today to express their sadness over the loss of Jessi, she truly made you feel like your friendship meant something to her and her smile and upbeat personality will surely be missed.
Combs’ family described Jessi perfectly in a statement to ABC News: “Jessi’s bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of her dreams inspired everyone who met her. Her drive and spirit were infectious, and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world. People that loved her and followed her became family, all bonded together by adventure and passion. Her fans adored her, and she lived to inspire them. Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012. Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history.”
God Speed Jessi, you will be missed.
Sources: ABC News, Instagram, Facebook