On August 14, 2017, on the set of one of Hollywood’s most anticipated sequels, Deadpool 2, stunt driver Joi Harris was killed in a low-speed freak accident while performing a motorcycle stunt. Joi had been a motorcyclist for many years but this would have been her debut in film as a stunt driver. She was a rookie in film but she was no rookie to performing stunts with her bike. One of her favorites sayings was “I get back out there and go just as hard as before like nothing ever happened (referring to recovering from motorcycle crashes).”
Unfortunately, this woman with such a promising new career in film died after sustaining injuries from her sixth take on a stunt on the set of Deadpool 2. Her motorcycle tire hit the curb and propelled her off of the bike into a glass window of a building. Joi was not wearing a helmet. British Columbia law enforcement will be conducting an investigation into her death to find out more about what went wrong.
Joi leaves behind a great legacy. This Brooklyn, New York native was coined as “the first licensed African American Female Road Racer.” Reel Focus salutes this pioneer and leave you with her very special words about never giving up:
“There is always something to learn when on track and pushing limits…Everything takes time. Face your fears, you never know what you can be missing out on.”
In Loving Memory of Joi Harris