'Split Second': Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool 2 Identified

Joi 'SJ' Harris died in a crash during filming in Vancouver
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 8:44 AM CDT
Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool 2 Was Pioneering Black Motorcyclist
A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set in Vancouver, B.C.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

The motorcycle stuntwoman who was killed on the Deadpool 2 set has been identified as Joi "SJ" Harris, who was working on her first film, reports Deadline Hollywood. Harris lost control of her motorcycle while filming a scene in Vancouver and crashed through a plate-glass window. She wasn't wearing a helmet because the character she was portraying ("Domino," played by actress Zazie Beetz) didn't have one, either, according to the report. The accident happened shortly after she drove down stairs at the city's Jack Poole Plaza, reports the Vancouver Sun. “It happened in a split second,” says one witness not involved with the movie. "She was going full throttle and then there’s a building there.” The accident remains under investigation.

"We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated," tweeted star Ryan Reynolds. Though it was Harris' first movie, she had lots of experience as a professional road racer, and her website bills her as the first black woman sanctioned to compete in American Motorcyclist Association events. The website even features a video of her first race crash. Harris, a native of the Bronx, also had been an advocate of getting more African-American women to join the sport, reports People. (Another stuntman was recently killed on the set of The Walking Dead.)

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