The stuntwoman who was tragically killed on the set of “Deadpool 2” was only going a mere 10 mph, according to new details.
Joi (SJ) Harris, a motorcycle driver who was killed while performing a stunt for the film on Monday, was reportedly traveling at a low speed in an not overtly difficult action sequence, an investigation report by WorkSafeBC revealed, Deadline reported.
“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,” the report obtained by Deadline read. “The motorcycle struck the concrete sidewalk curb, the worker was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window of a building.”
Harris, 32, had completed the stunt successfully for five previous takes, but struck the curb the fifth time around, according to the report.
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The stunt scene involved her driving a motorcycle, Dictate 939 Hyperstrada, “out of the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs and coming to a stop on the stair landing.”
She never exceeded a speed of 10 mph and was riding on a flat surface.
Harris — who billed herself as the first licensed African-American woman in U.S. history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events” — received her race license in 2013 and began racing in 2014 with the American Sportbike Racing Association/Championship Cup Series.
However, this was her first time performing a professional stunt for a film and she was not wearing a helmet as the character did not wear one.
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A source close to production shot down rumors that she was inexperienced, or that she was hired because she was black.
“To say an unqualified person was put in this position is absolutely untrue,” the source told Deadline. “She was the best candidate for the job.”
“Deadpool 2” filming resumed 48 hours after the accident with star Ryan Reynolds leading the cast and crew in a moment of silence for Harris.
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