Photographer killed while snapping Justin Bieber's car

In a dark twist on the ongoing game of cat and mouse between celebrities and the paparazzi,a photographer was hit by a car and killed Tuesday after taking shots of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari.

Bieber wasn’t actually in the Ferrari, which was being driven by an ‘unnamed friend’ when it was pulled over for a ‘routine traffic stop’ by the California Highway Patrol shortly before 6 pm according to LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez. Doubtless sensing the potential for scandal – perhaps Bieber on a drunk driving charge, the photographer arrived at the scene, got out of his car and crossed Sepulveda Boulevard to take photos. Having snapped away, he headed rapidly back to his own car to make a clean getaway when he was run over and killed by an oncoming vehicle.

Police are interviewing the motorist who hit the 29-year-old man but no arrests have been made. The photographer died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. A friend of the photographer told KCAL-TV Channel 9 that he was not a professional.

The paparazzi have long attempted to follow Bieber and keep track of his cars while out on the roads and the Los Angeles city attorney's office has been unsuccessful in its attempt to use a new state law to limit their pursuits.

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. 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.”

Whether a genuine hunt or a devil’s bargain orchestrated by publicists, the relationship between stars and the tabloid press is a volatile and dangerous one. From the ongoing mystery surrounding the death of Princess Diana to this latest tragedy, the public’s insatiable thirst for gossip and scandal keeps potential rewards for the money shot very high. And until that changes – this will probably not be the last tragic misadventure.

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