Paparazzo struck by car and killed while taking pictures of Jusin Bieber's Car
CHP warned photographer of traffic danger before he was killed
Los Angeles police have released the motorist who struck and fatally injured a celebrity photographer who was crossing a busy street after taking a picture of a white Ferrari owned by singer Justin Bieber, a police officer said today.
A friend of Bieber's was driving the car and was stopped for speeding at 5:45 p.m. by a California Highway Patrol officer on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Getty Center Drive, investigators told reporters.
The car exited to Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive where the photographer was killed, according to Los Angeles police officer James Stoughton of the West Traffic Bureau.
CHP officials said Bieber was not in the car when it was stopped, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The CHP would not fill in details about the nature of the traffic stop or vehicle ownership until a Public Information Officer is available later today, said Officer Francisco Villalobos.
"He was warned by the CHP to get out of there," Los Angeles police officer Emilson Saint Julien of the West Traffic Bureau said. "He was crossing from the west side toward his vehicle on the east side. The car was going south on Sepulveda toward him and he was thrown north."
The photographer had parked his car, crossed Sepulveda Boulevard, took some pictures and crossing the street back to his vehicle when he was hit, Stoughton said.
The woman motorist made a U-turn and came around to use her vehicle to prevent others from hitting the photographer while she called 911, Saint Julien said. Paramedics rushed him to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The woman motorist was interviewed and sent home to care for her children, although her car remained at the crash scene, according to Saint Julien. It did not appear she was at fault because the photographer was in the wrong place.
"He was a pedestrian on a roadway outside a crosswalk," Saint Julien said. "Crossing Sepulveda is almost like crossing a freeway."
A friend at scene, Thibault Mauvilain, told ABC7 the photographer freelanced for several outlets and was "just a kid from New Mexico."
"He loved the people he was following," Mauvilain told ABC7. "It's too risky and the money's just not there anymore. And even though we try to stay within limits of whatever is legal, this is a dangerous job."
While the investigation continues, Sepulveda Boulevard will be closed until 6 a.m. from Getty Center Drive to Church Lane.
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