Stunt driver dies on Deadpool 2 set

SJ Harris was a professional road racer

by Jennie Kermode

Joi 'SJ' Harris, the first ever African American woman to make a career as a professional road racer, has died on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver, it emerged today. According to Deadline Hollywood, was performing a motorbike stunt when she lost control and crashed through a plate glass window. Witnesses report that she narrowly avoided hitting pedestrians. It was her first film as a stuntwoman.

"Today we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool," tweeted the film's star, Ryan Reynolds. "We're heartbroken shocked and devastated."

Director David Leitch said he was "deeply saddened."

Harris had been playing the part of Domino in place of actress Zazie Beetz. One of the X-men, Domino is a sharpshooter whose special power is her ability to alter probability.

Know on the racing circuit as SJ Sidewayz, Brooklyn-born Harris was sponsored by NEXX Helmets during her racing career but was not wearing a helmet when the crash happened because it would have bee inconsistent with the scene.

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