Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Paparazzi photographer killed trying to take Justin Bieber's picture

Justin Bieber has called for new laws for paparazzi following the 'tragic' death of a photographer who was run over and killed while taking pictures of the star's sportscar.

A 29-year-old freelance photographer, named as Chris Guerra, was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday night after taking pictures of the singer's white $200,000 Ferrari in Los Angeles.

The star's friend, 19-year-old rapper Lil Twist, was behind the wheel of the 458 Italia Ferrari when it was pulled over by police - prompting Guerra to get out of his own car as he believed Bieber was in the vehicle.

The 18-year-old today released a statement in which he said his 'thoughts and prayers' were with Guerra's friends and family.
In his statement, 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.'

Chris Guerra was tailing Bieber’s white Ferrari when it was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers on an I-405 off ramp in L.A.

He got out of his car to take pictures but was struck by a Toyota Highlander SUV as he was running back to his own vehicle after being told to return to his vehicle repeatedly by police.

Photographs taken from the scene show the man's hat and shoe lying in the road where he was hit.

It is believed the female driver of the car which struck the photographer stopped other cars from hitting the man's body after she had called 911.

Guerra was a freelance photographer who submitted pictures to AKI images/GSI Media for syndication, the company confirmed today.

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