Officials have determined the apparent cause of the crash that claimed the life of former “MythBusters” and “Overhaulin'” host Jessi Combs, USA Today reports.
Combs, an experienced race car driver, died Aug. 27 on the Alvord Desert in Oregon while trying to set the women’s land speed record. She was 39.
The Harney County Sheriff’s Office provided the results of its investigation in a press release, stating: “Based on the evidence collected and examined at the scene of the crash and the evidence recovered by the North American Race Team it appears that there was a mechanical failure of the front wheel, most likely caused from striking an object on the desert. The front wheel failure led to the front wheel assembly collapsing. The front wheel failure occurred at speeds approaching 550 miles per hour.”
Combs’ cause of death was determined to be “blunt force trauma to the head occurring prior to the fire that engulfed the race vehicle after the crash.”
Combs was reportedly trying to break the women’s land speed record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil, who died last year at age 72.
Combs, a South Dakota native, appeared on a number of TV shows, including co-hosting “Xtreme 4×4” and appearing on “All Girls Garage.”