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A paparazzo was hit and killed while returning to their vehicle after snapping photos of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari.
Tragedy struck Tuesday when the unidentified photog parked their vehicle across a busy Los Angeles freeway and went to snap pictures of Bieber’s white Ferrari at a closer range, CNN reports. The 18-year-old pop star was reportedly pulled over off of the 405 freeway and paparazzi went in to take pictures of the singer and the vehicle's occupants. Bieber was not in the car.
Police urged the paparazzo to return to his car more than once before he finally listened and was struck by oncoming traffic.
Bieber has since released a statement regarding the incident saying, “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”
Continuing, he adds, "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."
Bieber’s name is hot on list of celebrities paparazzi want to take photos of. In July, Bieber was ticketed for speeding down the 101 freeway. He confessed to police that he was attempting to flee paparazzi who were attempting to take pictures of him in his Fisker Karma.
Following the incident, paparazzo Frank Raef was under fire for the high speed chase after a California law was implemented stating that paparazzi could face jail time if found exceeding the speed limit to obtain pictures for commercial gain. Raef’s case was later dismissed.
According to Reuters, charges will not be brought against the person who accidently struck the unidentified photog.