(Reuters) — Jhoan Camitz, an award-winning Swedish director of TV commercials, was struck and killed on Thursday when a driver who had been fatally shot lost control of his car, police said.
Camitz, 38, died in a hospital after being struck by an out-of-control Range Rover whose driver had just been shot through the rear window by a person in a Honda Civic, authorities said.
The driver, reportedly targeted in a revenge shooting over an incident that occurred days before, was dead at the scene, police said. He was tentatively identified as Ivory Davis of Brooklyn.
Police are seeking the driver of the Honda.
Camitz, who lived part of the time in New York, was hit about 4:45 a.m. while walking near the border between Soho and the West Village, police said.
The director, a native of Stockholm, was the force behind many internationally known commercial campaigns in the last few years, notably for Nike, Diesel and Orangina. He also directed spots for MasterCard, Volvo, Lexus and Smirnoff.
For Volkswagen, Camitz showed two young men in a VW Golf picking up a mattress on the streets of New York while at a red light and tying it to the roof. As the light turns green, they realize they cannot close the car’s doors.
Among dozens of awards Camitz received are two 1998 Gold Clios, three 1998 Gold and a Silver Cannes Advertising Film awards and a 1998 Silver DNAD award in London.
He also directed the musicvideo for Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Falling in Love Again.”