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Photographer killed while trying to shoot Ferrari believed to belong to Justin Bieber

By Daniel Strieff, NBC News

A paparazzo was struck by a car and killed after taking photos of a white Ferrari believed to belong to pop star Justin Bieber on a busy Los Angeles street, police told NBC News on Wednesday.

Madeline Nightingale, the watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Bureau, said the photographer was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center shortly after Tuesday night's collision.

Bieber's vehicle was not involved in the crash, officials said.

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Justin Bieber was not in the car at the time of Tuesday's incident, police said.

The deceased, a white male in his late 20s, was not named pending notification of next of kin, she said.

"From what we understand, the car was owned by Justin Bieber, but he was not in the vehicle at the time," Nightingale said.

A call by The Associated Press to a spokesperson for the singer was not immediately returned. Bieber's Twitter feed made no mention of the incident early Wednesday.

Police would offer no information on the Ferrari's driver except to say the individual was believed to be a friend of the 18-year-old Canadian singer.

The incident occurred about 5:45 p.m. local time (8:45 p.m. ET) Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer flagged the Ferrari for speeding on the northbound 405 Freeway, Nightingale said. The car then exited at Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive, she said.

During the traffic stop, the photographer crossed the busy Sepulveda thoroughfare, which runs parallel to the 405, and attempted to shoot photos of the vehicle's occupants from a perch on the narrow divider, Nightingale said.

The Highway Patrol officer on the scene repeatedly warned the man that his position was dangerous, she said.

The man was then struck by a car traveling southbound on Sepulevda, Nightingale said.

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No charges were expected to be filed against the motorist, who stopped her car to attempt to administer assistance, Nightingale told NBC News. The driver was a woman with two young children in the vehicle, Nightingale said.

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The scene was still behind held at around 12:30 a.m. local time Wednesday (3:30 a.m. ET), she said. The investigation had been handed over from the West Traffic Bureau to the LAPD's Multi-Disciplinary Collision Investigation Team, she said.

"We are going methodically to take our time to get everything we need to get the investigation resolved," Nightingale added.

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white_wolf454
by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Throw the damn book...screw it the whole book case at bieber's Ass

katy_kay08
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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what a rational and well thought out response to this article.  It makes complete sense, throw the book at a Beiber, who was not at the scene and whose car was not even involved in the incident.  


Quoting white_wolf454:

Throw the damn book...screw it the whole book case at bieber's Ass



white_wolf454
by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:24 AM

so weather or not he was there i want some one to throw something at the little punk i really dont like him at all

Quoting katy_kay08:

what a rational and well thought out response to this article.  It makes complete sense, throw the book at a Beiber, who was not at the scene and whose car was not even involved in the incident.  


Quoting white_wolf454:

Throw the damn book...screw it the whole book case at bieber's Ass



Jmom4
by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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I do not think that JB is to blame by any means. And I am sorry that someone had to lose their life, but I am surprised this has not happened before. Those paps are nuts!


LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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So anybody you "really don't like" should be jailed? Egotistical much? SMDH


Quoting white_wolf454:

so weather or not he was there i want some one to throw something at the little punk i really dont like him at all

Quoting katy_kay08:

what a rational and well thought out response to this article.  It makes complete sense, throw the book at a Beiber, who was not at the scene and whose car was not even involved in the incident.  


Quoting white_wolf454:

Throw the damn book...screw it the whole book case at bieber's Ass




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meriana
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

How sad, not only for the loss of life but for the poor woman who hit him.  It really does speak to the general publics obsession with celebrities though, in that photographers will put themselves in harm's way in order to get a pic of a celebrity, their vehicle, home, child, nearly anything related because those pics will often bring them a large paycheck.  If the general public wasn't so obsessed with any and everything related to celebrity, those pics wouldn't be bringing those large paychecks and photographers would likely not be putting themselves in dangerous or compromising positions in order to take them. Well some probably would anyway. Really though, the money some of those pics will bring is a huge incentive to take chances one might not otherwise take.

 

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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Aside from making questionable music, what has Beiber ever done to you? Your hate filed response for a person I can only assume you do not know is completely bizarre and irrational.

In other news, it's sad someone lost their lives however this photographer clearly went against advice from a police officer to move to a safer spot. His reckless need to get a picture of a celebrity put others at risk and could have cost an innocent bystander their life. 

Quoting white_wolf454:

so weather or not he was there i want some one to throw something at the little punk i really dont like him at all

Quoting katy_kay08:

what a rational and well thought out response to this article.  It makes complete sense, throw the book at a Beiber, who was not at the scene and whose car was not even involved in the incident.  


Quoting white_wolf454:

Throw the damn book...screw it the whole book case at bieber's Ass




funlovinlady
by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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The paparazzi are crazy, it was only a matter of time before so etching like this happened. So sad for both parties.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Quoting maciymommieof3:

a California Highway Patrol officer flagged the Ferrari for speeding on the northbound 405 Freeway, Nightingale said. The car then exited at Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive, she said.

During the traffic stop, the photographer crossed the busy Sepulveda thoroughfare, which runs parallel to the 405, and attempted to shoot photos of the vehicle's occupants from a perch on the narrow divider, Nightingale said.

The Highway Patrol officer on the scene repeatedly warned the man that his position was dangerous, she said.

The man was then struck by a car traveling southbound on Sepulevda, Nightingale said.

I wonder why the Ferrari was speeding, and how the photographer happened to be there?

Was the photographer following the Ferrari?  Is that why it was speeding?

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by Silver Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

 

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting maciymommieof3:

a California Highway Patrol officer flagged the Ferrari for speeding on the northbound 405 Freeway, Nightingale said. The car then exited at Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive, she said.

During the traffic stop, the photographer crossed the busy Sepulveda thoroughfare, which runs parallel to the 405, and attempted to shoot photos of the vehicle's occupants from a perch on the narrow divider, Nightingale said.

The Highway Patrol officer on the scene repeatedly warned the man that his position was dangerous, she said.

The man was then struck by a car traveling southbound on Sepulevda, Nightingale said.

I wonder why the Ferrari was speeding, and how the photographer happened to be there?

Was the photographer following the Ferrari?  Is that why it was speeding?

 no doubt trying to get away from him....maybe?

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