Last night a photographer was struck and killed by an SUV while attempting to get a picture of Justin Bieber in his Ferarri, after the vehicle was pulled over by Los Angeles police.
According to TMZ, Bieber, 18, was not even in the car. The vehicle was being driven by his pal, 19-year-old rapper Lil Twist, who is Lil Wayne’s protégé.
Lil Twist and Bieber were hanging out at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel Tuesday afternoon, and for some reason Lil Twist left in the white Ferrari without Justin.
Around 6:00 p.m. the California Highway Patrol pulled over Bieber’s white Ferrari on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Chris Guerra, the 29-year-old photographer, arrived at the scene, got out of his car and crossed the street to take photos, but was directed by officers to return to his car. He was reportedly struck and killed by an SUV as he went back across the boulevard to his vehicle.
The singer has since issued a statement offering his condolences to the photographer’s family and also calling for legislation to protect celebrities from being harassed by paparazzi.
“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Bieber said in a statement to CNN.
“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.”
The LAPD are investigating, but no charges have been filed.
Bieber and Lil Twist were last photographed together New Year’s Eve in Mexico where they were popping champagne bottles.
Lil Twist has yet to release a statement regarding the tragic accident.
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