EXPIRED: 01/29/10 – Karen Schmeer, 39, was a documentary film editor who lived and worked in New York City. She’s best known for her work on the documentary “Fog of War,” about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.
For “Sergio,” Schmeer won a best editing honors at the 2009 Sudance Festival. That movie is about Sergio de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights killed in a 2003 explosion at U.N. headquarters in Iraq. She also was an editor for “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” directed by Sydney Pollack.
Schmeer was struck and killed by a getaway car speeding from a Manhattan drugstore robbery. She was less than a block away from her home near West 90th Street when she was hit by a 2010 Dodge Avenger. The car was driven by a couple who had just stolen drugs at a CVS Pharmacy on the Upper West Side.
The stolen goods? The allergy medication, Zyrtec.