A Justin Bieber Photog Was Killed After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari
A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber's Ferrari was hit by another car and killed Tuesday 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, which was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over, attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop.
The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road. When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed.
Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.
LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.
8:40PM PST: Justin Bieber was not in the Ferrari, sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ. We're told one of Justin's friends was driving and another friend was in the passenger seat.
Justin Bieber Photog Followed the Singer All Day
TMZ has learned the identity of the photog who was killed while shooting Justin Bieber's car. He's freelance paparazzo Chris Guerra. Sources tell us, Guerra, who was in his late 20s, was following Bieber all day Tuesday. Guerra called someone connected with a paparazzi agency at around 5:30 PM to say he was waiting for Justin, who had pulled into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills a short time earlier. Guerra abruptly said the Ferrari was pulling out of the hotel and he had to leave.
Guerra apparently assumed Justin was in the car. As we first reported, he was not. Guerra had been working in a Las Vegas casino for several years, when he moved out to L.A. in March to become a photog. In recent months, he worked the Bieber detail exclusively. Guerra was not married and had no kids.