Shoplifters in high-speed chase strike and kill UWS woman
Updated: the woman who was killed by shoplifters fleeing police yesterday on the Upper West Side has been identified as award-winning film editor Karen Schmeer, 39. Schmeer was the editor for the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War, and won an award for documentary editing at Sundance last year for Sergio.
David McKie, 25, of Florida and Brooklyn, who police are identifying as the driver who struck Schmeer, has been charged with second-degree murder. The other two suspects, who escaped the scene on foot, have not yet been caught.
According to Lt. John Grimpel, the police were given the license number of the Dodge Avenger (the AP) all three robbers (the News) or just two of them (the AP) were escaping in. When a patrol car tried to pull them over (the News), the Avenger took off on Broadway, leaving three crashes in its wake and finally striking a 39-year-old woman crossing the street with a bag of groceries. After that, they abandoned the car and took off on foot.
However many people were in the car, police only got one of them at the scene. The AP is identifying him as the driver. His passenger or passengers escaped, leaving boxes of Zyrtec behind them on the sidewalk, and, witnesses told the News, the woman lying under the car. The victim, who has not been identified, died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Police are still looking for the other two suspects. The alleged driver is in custody, but has not yet been charged.