A photo at the opportune time of the 18-year old pop star could mean lots of cash for a photographer
January 3, 2013 – Run ins between paparazzi and Justin Bieber have come to be commonplace, including July’s high speed chase that prompted a councilman from Los Angeles to comment that such problems between the pop start and paparazzi could end in tragedy.
On New Year’s Day, the councilman’s prediction became a reality. A photographer, who had thought he saw Bieber sitting in a white Ferrari was hit by traffic while crossing a freeway in Los Angeles to return to his car after taking photos of Bieber.
A photo at the opportune time of the 18-year old pop star could mean lots of cash for a photographer, but on this occasion, Bieber was not in the car when the incident took place.
On Tuesday evening, California Highway Patrol pulled the Bieber Ferrari over at one of Interstate 405’s off ramps. A photographer who had been parked across the highway in his own car then spotted the sports car. He crossed to get a better look at Bieber’s car and took photos of the couple inside the car. While he took photos, officers told the photographer to return to his own car.
When the man attempted to return to his car by crossing the highway, he was struck by a car. The photographer’s name has not been released.
Bieber released a statement that said while he was not at the scene or directly involved with the accident his thoughts and prayers remained with the victim’s family.
In July, paparazzi chased the pop star in two separate vehicles on the freeway. During the chase, they passed Dennis Zine a councilman from Los Angeles who said the paparazzi was making lanes changes that were unpredictable, while not using any signals and cutting of motorists.