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Justin Bieber

Photog Killed

After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari

1/2/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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7:30AM PST:
Justin released a statement, saying ... "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."

8:40PM PST
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.

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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.

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Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.

LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.

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211.

ragu4u    

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST


Another one bites the dust just for a lousy pic of a no talent pimple packer with more $$ than sense.

597 days ago
212.

Mig    

Darwinism at it's best. I believe this is called thinning the herd.

597 days ago
213.

Cincinnati Sugar    

All you IDIOTS are blaming the photog, would you blame him if it was YOUR relative?? Its the fault of the driver who was intoxicated or sleep deprived. The photog didn't do anything wrong, grow some brains. He was not standing in the way of traffic the stupid person driving the car was not paying attention and hit him.

597 days ago
214.

Cincinnati Sugar    

Funny how if it was YOUR relative killed you'd all be blaming the driver.

597 days ago
215.

Lissy7    

Sad news that the paparazzo had to pass away but this should be a lesson to the photogs out there. It's not worth you or anyone else's life to take a picture.

597 days ago
216.

Cincinnati Sugar    

Sadly, the driver hit the wrong person, better luck next time.

597 days ago
217.

Dieter    

so.... one less Pap to care about.

597 days ago
218.

trillsbury doughboy    

bet his life flashed before his eyes...

597 days ago
219.

Zeek05    

Photog took his chances, got in the way of traffic and gave his life for a single pic. Unfortunately the driver of the car that hit him will have to live with the fact that he/she hit and killed another person for the rest of their life. Not only did the photog mess up his, his family's life, but also an innocent persons life just driving by. When will it stop?

597 days ago
220.

elm    

Watch his family sue Bieber for millions - and maybe even win.

Also, it seems appropriate that the pic of the accident scene above was no doubt shot by a fellow pap - no problem feeding on the carcass of his bro.......

597 days ago
221.

spj    

Justin Beiber's ****iness is causing all kinds of ****.

597 days ago
222.

citivas    

I don't wish violence or death on anyone. But I agree with the karma comment below. These paps are lower on the scale of respectable work than drug dealers or pimps. They are constantly creating dangerous situations. They have no business pulling over or getting out of their car on the side of the freeway. Nobody's fault but the paps.

597 days ago
223.

CANDICE_L    

I've seen how the paps drive in LA chasing celebs.....this was bound to happen and will happen again. Sad but unavoidable

597 days ago
224.

Peter Popoff    

Good

597 days ago
225.

Mike    

Good.

597 days ago
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