A photographer was killed yesterday as he attempted to photograph Justin Bieber’s car, . Bieber’s Ferrari had been pulled over for a traffic stop by a police officer when a photg attempted to take photos of the vehicle. The officer told the photo to get back in his car because the road was dangerous and he was later hit by another passing vehicle. Bieber was not driving the car at the time, his friend Lil Twist was behind the wheel.
A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening — although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari … TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber’s white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 … near the Getty Center in LA. The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd. According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time. We’re told a paparazzo — who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over — attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop. The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road. When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed. Justin Bieber was not in the Ferrari … sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ. We’re told one of Justin’s friends was driving and another friend was in the passenger seat.
The photog had been following Bieber all day and had thought he had caught Bieber smoking marijuana at one point and continued to follow the teen sensation’s car even though Bieber was no longer in the car, his friend Lil Twist was behind the wheel. Justin’s rep tells TMZ, “It’s really sad that people are trying to push a story without the facts so soon after this tragic accident. Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honoring the memory of the victim.” Miley Cyrus who is a huge media target took to Twitter to address the incident. “Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in ’13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn’t Princess Di enough of a wake up call?! It is unfair for anyone to put this on to Justin’s conscious as well! This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices.” Photo from PR Photos