A paparazzo died in a Los Angeles car accident on Tuesday. He was photographing a white Ferrari belonging to pop star Justin Bieber that authorities pulled over.
California Highway Patrol pulled over a white sports car belonging to Bieber but the star was not in it at the time. According to various resources there were two people in the vehicle at the time of the incident; one of which was Lil Twist, the driver; the other, an unnamed passenger.
Oncoming traffic killed a photographer that was under the impression that Bieber was in his Ferrari that CHP had pulled over. He was making an attempt to cross a Los Angeles highway after snapping a few pictures with his camera when an encounter with an oncoming vehicle resulted tragic.
A photograph of a celebrity caught in a situation worthy of publishing can bring in a decent purse of money to the photographer from the right bidder – often celebrity gossip magazines. These specialized photographers often place themselves in life threatening situations to get the “perfect” shot.
Many have spoken loudly against paparazzi and their dangerous antics they go through to get their pictures. Following a high-speed chase in July of a paparazzi vehicle and a Karma that Bieber was driving, a councilman stated that desperation to get such pictures had become too dangerous and predicted that it could one day end someone’s life.
Authorities pulled over the 18-year-old celebrity’s vehicle off a 405-Freeway off-ramp on New Year’s Day. When the photographer thought he spotted the celebrity, he parked his own vehicle across the street and crossed to snap photos of the sports car, the scene, and the passengers, Los Angeles Police spokesman James Stoughton told a publication.
CHP officials asked the photographer various times to return to his vehicle but he failed to do so until being satisfied with the amount of pictures he captured, stated KTLA.
As the paparazzo crossed the street once more to return to his vehicle when a passing vehicle hit him, Stoughton said – authorities have yet to release a name.
“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.
“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 case is undergoing investigation to determine who is at fault and what charges may be issued.
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