A photographer was killed after being struck by a car while trying to snap photos of Justin Bieber‘s Ferrari Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Per the Los Angeles Times, Bieber wasn’t behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time of the incident.
The photographer, whose identity has yet to be disclosed by police, was reportedly attempting to shoot pictures of the pop star’s car, which had been pulled over for a routine traffic stop shortly before 6 p.m.
The photographer was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he later died. Police are currently investigating the incident, and no arrests have reportedly been made.
In a statement, per CNN, 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 18-year-old hitmaker 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.”
This past summer, a paparazzo was charged with reckless driving after getting into a high-speed car case with Bieber—the first photographer to be busted under California’s 2010 law lobbing increased penalties at paparazzi for reckless driving.
A judge later dismissed the two misdemeanor charges.
by Alexis L. Loinaz