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BURNS, Ore. — Jet-car speed racer Jessi Combs has died in a crash in Oregon’s Alvord Desert while trying to break a speed record.

The Harney County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that Combs died in a crash in a dry lake bed on Tuesday. Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Needham says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

According to Car and Driver, the 36-year-old Combs is widely known in racing circles as the ‘‘fastest woman on four wheels’’ and broke a record in 2013 with a run of 393 mph.

Combs also appeared on TV shows including Discovery’s ‘‘Mythbusters.’’

The Long Beach, California, resident said on Instagram on Sunday that she wanted to break 512 mph.

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She wrote, ‘‘People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.’’

She also posted a photo of herself Aug. 25, thanking her fans.

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage called her a “brilliant” engineer and driver, saying she “strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example.”