Justin says his ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with the family of a photographer who was killed by an oncoming vehicle while crossing a busy highway after taking pictures of Justin’s parked Ferrari.
Justin Bieber is used to being chased by the paparazzi, but a photog chase turned deadly on Jan. 1 when photographer Chris Guerra spotted Jusin’s parked Ferrari on the side of the 405 highway, and crossed busy Sepulveda Blvd. on foot to snap pics. On his way back to his own vehicle, he was struck by an oncoming car and killed.
The photographer noticed Justin’s famous Ferrari on the side of the road after it was pulled over by California Highway Patrol. He thought he saw Justin sitting inside, so he crossed the busy highway to take photos.
Even though the photographer managed to take a few pics, police officers reportedly told the man twice to return to his car, according to CNN. Los Angeles Police spokesman James Stoughton said the man was struck by an oncoming car on his way back to his own car and killed.
LAPD officer Cleon Joseph tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “The reason the car was pulled over was because the driver was speeding. The driver was not Justin Bieber. The victim jaywalked across Sepulveda Boulevard, a very busy street, and was struck at 5:50pm. He was taken to the hospital. Perhaps this will compel laws to change with regard to celebrity photographers.”
Justin Speaks Out On The Killed Photographer
“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Justin said in a statement.
“Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves,” he added.
TMZ is reporting that drugs or alcohol had not been imbibed by the driver who hit the man, and that Justin wasn’t in the parked car. It was Justin’s friend who was driving, and another friend was in the passenger seat. LAPD is currently investigating the incident.
This isn’t the first time Justin has spoken out about the LA paps. Back in July 2012, Justin made a frantic call to 911 when he was being chased by paparazzi after being pulled over by the LAPD.
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— Reporting by Sandra Clark & Christina Stiehl
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