A paparazzo was hit by a car and killed after snapping photos of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Police said Bieber’s white sports car was pulled over for a traffic stop off an L.A. freeway shortly before 6 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Times. The 18-year-old pop star was not inside the vehicle. The 29-year-old photographer, who has not been named, got out of his own car and crossed the street to take photos.
Police told the photographer to return to his vehicle because it was a busy street with blind spots and speeding cars, KTLA-TV reported.
“He seemed reluctant to go back, but eventually he did,” LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez told the station.
Lopez said the photographer did not appear to be looking as he crossed the street and was struck by a car. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital.
In a statement, Bieber called for “meaningful legislation” to protect celebrities and others from the 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, according 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.”
No charges are expected against the motorist who hit the photographer.
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