Photographer killed after taking Bieber car snaps

A paparazzo was hit by a car and killed after taking photographs of singer Justin Bieber’s $200,000 (€150,000) white Ferrari on a Los Angeles street.

It is believed the photographer had been tailing Bieber’s vehicle when it was pulled over by California highway patrol officers.

LA police officer James Stoughton said the photographer died at a hospital shortly after the crash on Tuesday night.

He said Bieber was not in the Ferrari at the time.

The sports car was parked on the side of Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Centre Drive after a traffic stop.

The photographer was struck as he walked across the boulevard after taking pictures. Stoughton said no charges are likely to be filed against the motorist whose car hit the man.

Sgt Rudy Lopez told the Los Angeles Times that the pop star’s friend was driving the car when it was pulled over for a traffic stop. It was parked on a busy street when the photographer arrived and police believe he was hit by a vehicle as he returned to his own car.

Bieber said: “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”

The star added: “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.”

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