'Deadpool 2' Stunt Woman Death Was Freak, Low-Speed Accident

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 19, 2017

The first official details of a stuntwoman's death on the set of "Deadpool 2" were released on Friday, revealing the circumstances surrounding the motorcycle accident on the Vancouver, Canada, set earlier this week. According to the report, Harris, who is referred to in the report as the "worker", had been rehearsing a scene that involved driving a motorcycle out the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs and come to a stop on a landing.

"The stunt driver continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot on the stairway landing, and continued to drive down a second ramp built over the bottom stairs and across the roadway", reads the report.

Joi "S.J." Harris was killed on Monday when she was thrown through a plate glass window after losing control of her motorcycle, according to a preliminary report from British Columbia's workplace safety organization WorkSafeBC.

The report does not say whether Harris was wearing a helmet.

The last fatal accident involving a stunt person in B.C. was on October 31, 1996 when a stunt performer jumped from a helicopter and his parachute failed to open during the filming of the movie Firestorm.

This was Harris' first time performing a stunt, as she was contracted to replace another stunt person who was unavailable.

"Deadpool 2" has been in production in Vancouver since late June. The part is played by actor Zazie Beetz. She got her race licence in 2013 and began racing in 2014, and described herself as the first African-American woman to compete in an American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned event.

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