According to TMZ, Bieber was not behind the wheel.
California Highway Patrol had pulled the white Ferrari over for speeding on the 405 freeway off of Sepulveda Blvd., near the Getty Center.
Sgt. Rudy Lopez intimated to the Los Angeles Times that the icon’s friend was driving the Ferrari.
It was parked on a busy street when the photographer arrived. Police say a paparazzo was hit by a car and killed after taking photos of the sports car and upon returning to his own car.
According to TMZ’s published account, the photographer crossed Sepulveda to snap pics of Bieber’s car and was told twice by law enforcement to go back to his car on the other side of the road. When the photographer tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle and was critically injured.
Los Angeles police Officer James Stoughton says the man died at a hospital Tuesday evening.
Stoughton says no charges are expected against the motorist who hit the man.
“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.”
From all reports, Los Angeles Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, as the officers who witnessed the incident are required to submit full reports.
One thing we do know for sure is that though Justin Bieber’s vehicle was at the scene, the pop-star was nowhere near the incident.
D. Chandler contributed to this report.