A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening — although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari … TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber’s white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 … near the Getty Center in LA. The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd.
According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time.
We’re told a paparazzo — who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over — attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop … until CHP advised the photog to move back because the situation was unsafe.
The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and killed.
Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.
Since this initial report, it’s been confirmed that Justin wasn’t driving, he’d let a friend borrow the car.
But can we all agree that there’s a line with this whole thing that shouldn’t be crossed? This poor guy risked his life to get a picture of Justin Bieber, and he lost it. Isn’t that sad? There’s a difference between gossiping about a celebrity and following him around in your car, you know? One’s natural, and the other is creepy and weird and dangerous. It’s like the difference between you and your friends talking about that one bitch at work and what she might have been doing last night and driving to her house with a fancy camera to try to catch pictures of her doing it. Gossip might be catty, but that’s why we love it. No one loves stalking creepers.
Not to make light of someone’s death, but Justin Bieber just got a new tattoo:
That’s his calf, by the way. The praying hands are old, but the roses are new. Wouldn’t it be much more fun to talk trash about his tattoos instead of looking at pictures of him being pulled over for speeding?
UPDATE: It turns out that the guy, freelance photographer Chris Guerra, thought he had seen Justin driving around earlier in the day, and he thought that Justin had been smoking weed. He followed Justin back to a hotel, and when Justin’s car left a little while later, he followed him, trying to get the scoop. That’s why he was driving recklessly, because he wanted to get the photos of Justin Bieber getting caught smoking weed. This is awful.