Paparazzo Killed While Photographing Justin Bieberâs Ferrari
A photographer trying to snap pictures of Justin Bieberâs white Ferrari being pulled over by California Highway Patrol was struck and killed by another motorist in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The 18-year-old singer wasnât behind the wheel â or even in the car â when the accident took place (one of his friends had borrowed the vehicle), but issued a statement saying his âthoughts and prayers are with the family of the victimâ and he hopes âthis tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation âŠ to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."
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The âBoyfriendâ singer is relatively new to the road â he was only issued a driverâs license in 2010 â but he has been a paparazzi magnet since the day he passed his driving test. However, the interest in him behind the wheel only seems to have intensified as of late. Not only is there constant curiosity in his personal life (and whether on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez is in the passenger seat), but he also drives a number of very flashy and very expensive sports cars â including multiple Ferraris, which reportedly retail for over $200,000, and a $100,000 chrome Fisker Karma â making him not exactly go unnoticed on the roads.
While Bieber wasnât involved in this particular incident, he has had a string of other car troubles since he passed his road test â some paparazzi-related and some not. The most notable one took place in July when he was pulled over on a Los Angeles freeway after getting into a high-speed chase with photographers. Bieber, who was behind the wheel in his Fisker Karma, was cited for driving in a "reckless manner at speeds in excess of 65 mph," a police spokesperson said. However, he was reportedly going much faster than that! Witnesses told TMZ Bieber exceeded 100 mph as he tried to flee the ârazzi, many of whom snapped his photo when he was stopped by police.
In November, Bieber also had a police run-in when he was pulled over in his white Ferrari â the same one his friends were driving Tuesday â and cited for making an unsafe left turn as well as having an expired registration. The singer didnât seem very concerned though. During the traffic stop, he snapped a photo of the police carâs flashing lights in the driverâs side mirror and posted it to Twitter, though he later had second thoughts and deleted the pic.
Bieber has also been stopped two additional times in his other ride â a custom Cadillac CTS-V modified to look like the Batmobile. During one occurrence â in December 2011 â the police pulled him over for making an "unsafe left turn" at an intersection. He must have turned on the charm though because he skated away with just a warning. He also talked his way out of another ticket just two months earlier. While driving around in a motorcade of sorts with two other cars (his friend rapper Sean Kingston was in one), Bieber cut off a police officer. All three vehicles were pulled over, but Bieber made nice with the officers, who sent them all on their way with a warning.
As details unfold about Tuesdayâs incident â the photographer, who was hit on the 405 highway, was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he later died â other celebs have started to weigh in on the tragedy. Miley Cyrus spoke out, taking a firm position. "Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in '13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn't Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!â she tweeted. âIt is unfair for anyone to put this on to Justinâs conscious as well! This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child notÂ to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices.â
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