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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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46.

just because    

justin bieber new nick hogan 2012

630 days ago
47.

windytimes    

I'm surprised it's taken this long for something like this to happen! Is a picture of a celebrity really worth that much?!

630 days ago
48.

TJ    

Plus,Kim kardashian is allegedly,having Justin's baby!!

630 days ago
49.

jayroq27    

I think its hilarious that people come on to a TMZ site and rip this photographer when they're here trolling a celeb site filled with their work. It's entertainment . Are you expecting to get your daily weather and local news on this site??

630 days ago
50.

just because    

now it makes sense why jeremy bieber has a shaved line in his eyebrow

630 days ago
51.

nickew515    

The LA times reported the victim was hit by a vehicle when he was attempting to cross the road to get back to his car after the police told him to leave. He didn't die like ALL of you are saying because he was a paparazzi and chasing Bieber. He died because he didn't look both ways!

630 days ago
52.

jayroq27    

It's entertainment!!!!!! Go to CNN or foxnews. I like my TMZ and my national enquier. I want to read that Michael jackson and tupac are alive and gay lovers on some deserted island .

630 days ago
53.

just because    

maybe now he wont act lame and awkward like adhd kids

630 days ago
54.

MAS    

Or was it Miley Cyrus? They are identical twins.

630 days ago
55.

Beauty    

Where is the video!

630 days ago
56.

Pink    

Really lost your life over Ms. Justin Bieber, soooo not worth it, this gurls 15 mins. of fame is about up.

630 days ago
57.

chiefstinkyfinger    

Karma!

630 days ago
58.

Majestik    

Well damn, this sucks that a life was lost to get the kraptasian garbage moved down another peg. Isn't there anymore Liho news?

630 days ago
59.

Miley is a whore    

being a celebrity nowdays sucks

630 days ago
60.

TheEric    

I'd step in front of a moving car if it meant being free of all justin bieber 'news'...

630 days ago
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