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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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ivy4990    

Dude...he is NOT worth it!

596 days ago
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lmfao    

Karma?

596 days ago
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Ann33    

This reminds me of Princess Diana, why do the press act in such an awful way?! Can't understand it but still very sad for his family.

596 days ago
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Daisygirl420    

Wow that is sad.

596 days ago
5.

vbrown    

Who f-@;'(;( care damn

596 days ago
6.

Jen    

We all knew it would happen eventually.

596 days ago
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What You Really Want To See    

I feel sorry for the person that hit the photographer.

596 days ago
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Jay W.     

That's no way to start a New Year. CHP's advice to move back was detrimental. R.I.P.

596 days ago
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Heather    

Pathetic.

596 days ago
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Tom M    

R.I.P. Photographer...

596 days ago
11.

Carrie    

Well then maybe paps need to chill... Princess Diana died so why cant some normal douche.

596 days ago
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"Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the diver of the vehicle that hit the photog."

The "diver" of the vehicle? I think drugs and alcohol may be a factor with the person who wrote this article.

596 days ago
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WTF    

Hope his family gets a lot for the picture

596 days ago
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Wow ...    

OMG! The photo was not worth dying for.

596 days ago
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Jballs     

I bet the driver of car who hit the photog was distracted by the cop and ferrari.

596 days ago
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