Motorcyclist killed on set of ‘Deadpool 2’ was barrier-breaking Brooklyn native who’d never done movie stunt work before

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Joi (SJ)Harris was killed in the Monday morning crash, her family confirmed to the Daily News.She had lost control of her motorcycle while performing a stunt for the superhero flick, crashing through a window near Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza. Motorcyclist killed on set of ‘Deadpool 2’ was barrier-breaking Brooklyn native who’d never done movie stunt work before

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Harris, who also went by the nickname “sj sidewayz,” billed herselfas “the first licensed African-American women in U.S. history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.”

She had reportedly completed the stunt successfully four times prior to the crash, but the bike’s throttle became “somehow engaged” the fifth time around, which caused her to lose control, according to CTVNews.

Harris was not wearing a helmet as part of the stunt — she was said to be shooting scenes as Zazie Beetz’s character Domino.



The racer posted to Facebook on Friday from Vancouver, writing, “EVERYTHING FOR A REASON. #staythecourse.”

She included that she was “feeling fantastic.”

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Weeks prior to the crash, Harris posted to Instagram that she had just recovered from an injury to her wrist.

On her blog, sj24z, Harris answered the question “aren’t you scared to crash?” and wrote that “it crosses (her) mind at times.”

“Track riding and racing, teaches us to analyze why we crash so that we do NOT make the same mistake again, and basically learn from it,” she explained.

“In short when it comes to crashing, I’ve learned to accept that I am not the greatest rider that exists and that there is always something to learn when on track and pushing limits,” Harris wrote.

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“Sometimes I’m going to eat it if I’m impatient. Everything takes time. Face your fears you never know what you can (be) missing out on.”

On YouTube, she shared a video of her first time ever crashing during a race at the CCS Rookies Cup in 2015.

Harris received her race license in May 2013 and began racing in 2014 with the American Sportbike Racing Association/Championship Cup Series, according to her website.

 

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