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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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256.

sleezy_skeezy    

was that cop high, slurring and red eyed into the investigation.. drug test his ass... secondly, wtf!!! SINCE WHEN DOES PEDESTRIAN NOT HAVE RIGHT OF WAY-AT ALL TIMES!!! EVEN WHEN AT FAULT!! IN ADDITION, WHEN YOU SEE COP LIGHTS ON, YOU SLOW DOWN--A LOT-- THE DAMAGES ON THIS CAR INDICATE NOT ANY CAUTIONARY DRIVING BY THIS PULL OVER.. THE DRIVER FOR CERTAIN NEEDS TO BE CHARGED!!!

566 days ago
257.

kevin    

Go back to Canada Bieber!!!! You're nothing but a no talent teen-bopper ***got!!!!

566 days ago
258.

bgrosso94    

Im sorry but it is the paparazzis fault. He should have got back into his car when the cop said too. Maybe paparazzi should stop following people around and get a normal job. And dont blame Justin Bieber. they need to make a law. Paparazzi needs to leave celebs alone. He wanted the story so bad, he paid the price.

566 days ago
259.

Tink1513    

When Princess Diana (RIP) died because of her reckless driving bodyguard, it was okkaii to blame the paparazzi???
But when a paparazzi dies because of a reckless driving celebrity, it's not okkaii to blame the celebrity? That's bull**** !!!

566 days ago
260.

Tink1513    

When Princess Diana (RIP) died because of her reckless driving bodyguard, it was okkaii to blame the paparazzi???
But when a paparazzi dies because of a reckless driving celebrity, it's not okkaii to blame the celebrity? That's bull**** !!!!

566 days ago
261.

bring back recent posts    

...I'm confuzzled why on earth officer would tell papp guy too cross back over those 4 lanes...AGAIN...dumb

566 days ago
262.

Jen    

Paparazzi are idiots. Always have been always will be. I met a few on a filmset once and they think they're such awesome predators. Idiots.

566 days ago
263.

Amused Aussie    

Thank god something is getting that fat kim k scrag out of the news.

566 days ago
264.

sweetthang    

It's 2013! It wasn't planned, It wasn't decided hours ahead, A tragic Accident to make us realize what is really important to us? Right? Right?

566 days ago
265.

agray04    

wow are some of the people serious, first off Justin Bieber wasn't even driving the car it just happened to be a car he owns that someone else was driving. honestly it doesn't matter who was driving the car the paparazzi had no business following them on the highway in the first place. when the police came into the picture they should a backed off, the police were not wrong for telling him to stop taking pictures and return to his car nor is it the polices fault the man got killed, because sooner later he would have had to return to his car crossing the same amount of traffic as he did to get to where he was taking the pictures at, for whatever reason he walked into oncoming traffic its no ones fault but his own if he wasn't paying attention. unless the driver that hit him wasn't paying attention but that has nothing to do with the police or whoever was being pulled over by the police.

566 days ago
266.

Amused Aussie    

Seriously why does anyone care except this blokes family, Tradesman die on the job everyday, also other people that make a real contribution to society like doctors and nurses why should we give a hoot about some tosser that couldn't get a real job and decided to stalk people for a living gets killed doing something stupid, all because he thought he thought he saw some dopey kid smoking weed. Paparazzi will be here as long as well all read these stupid stories and look at their photos, but lets get real when one dies being stupid why should anyone care, more oxygen for those doing something decent with their lives.

566 days ago
267.

Ricky    

LOL Justin Bieber did NOT say that. He can't conjugate a proper sentence. This is the kid that thought the Sistine Chapel is the "Sixteenth Chapel". That statement is from a rep, not from Bieber.

566 days ago
268.

Krissy    

This may sound harsh, but that's what the hell he gets. These people will do anything for a shot. Well it costs him his life. The obsession with celebrities is stupid to me. Yeah. I'll read an article. But I'm not gonna run into the street trying to take a picture. Sorry.

566 days ago
269.

Robert    

What do you call a pap who gets killed trying to take pictures of Justin Bieber's friends getting pulled over?

-A good start

566 days ago
270.

Bill    

Sounds like perfect justice for all that the papparazi have inflicted on celebrities

565 days ago
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