Hit and Run for Ryan Reynolds in Canada and other Celebrity Accidents
Ryan Reynolds may be a leading man in a variety of comedy flicks that include The Proposal, Just Friends and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, but there was nothing funny about his accident in Vancouver over the weekend.
The actor, 38, was struck by a vehicle in an underground parking garage on Sunday. The driver, who fled the scene after the accident, was a paparazzo. Reynolds’ publicist, Leslie Sloane, reported that “Ryan is okay.”
Actor Later Jokes about Accident
Reynolds, who is originally from Vancouver, was in town to film the upcoming Deadpool. His wife, Blake Lively, was in Los Angeles to promote her latest piece of work, The Age of Adaline.
Following the hit and run accident, Reynolds took to Twitter to offer his commentary on the incident, even joking about it. A CBC reported tweeted the actor to inquire how he was feeling after the mishap and included his phone number for Reynolds to call.
Reynolds responded by tweeting back, “Put Beachcombers back on the air and I’ll call.” Beachcombers was a television series that ran on CBC from 1972 to 1990.
Past Celebrity Accidents in Canada
Though Reynolds managed to escape the accident unscathed, there have been other notable celebrity accidents in Canada where the circumstances were not as fortunate.
For example, Adrian Adonis was a professional wrestler who died at the age of 33 in Newfoundland. He was killed when the driver of the minivan he was in swerved to avoid hitting a moose and drove into a lake. Jeff Batters, a famous hockey player, also died due to injuries sustained in a car accident. The 25-year-old passed away in Alberta in 1996. Famous Canadian musician, Paul Hackman, died in 1992, when the van he and his band were in veered off the road and fell down an embankment.
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”