Film editor killed by car

Karen Schmeer, 39, had worked with Morris

Film editor Karen Schmeer, who edited Errol Morris’ documentary “Fog of War,” about former U.S. defense secretary Robert McNamara, was struck and killed by a getaway car speeding from a New York City drugstore robbery on Friday. She was 39.

Schmeer’s work included Morris’ “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control” (1997) plus the 2005 Sydney Pollack film “Sketches of Frank Gehry.”

She won an editing award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 for Greg Barker’s doc “Sergio,” about Sergio De Mello, a U.N. negotiator who died in a 2003 terrorist attack in Iraq. Barker paid tribute to Schmeer on Saturday at Sundance, where he presented the award for editing in a documentary.

Schmeer was born in Portland, Ore. Her career in film editing began as a researcher for Morris while she was studying anthropology at Boston U. Their collaboration began with “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control” and continued for 10 years.

A member of the American Cinema Editors, she was editing a Liz Garbus film about chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer at the time of her death.

The driver of the getaway car, David McKie, 25, of Coral Gables, Fla., and Brooklyn, has been charged with second-degree murder.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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