Chris Guerra a photographer was on Tuesday night killed by a vehicle while taking pictures of Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari.
Reports have it that Bieber was not in the car, Guerra parked his car on Sepulveda Boulevard and crossed the road to take pictures when a high way patrol officer ordered him to go back but he refused.
“He ordered the individual to return to the vehicle,” said LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez. “He refused to return initially, but after ordering him twice, he crossed the traffic and was struck by a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Sepulveda.
Geurra was killed after the California Highway Patrol stopped the driver of the pop star’s car on the northbound 405 Freeway for speeding, according to LAPD Officer James Stoughton. The driver exited to Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive.
Paramedics transported Guerra to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A friend of the photographer, Tibault Mauvilian, said they were planning to cover the upcoming Sundance Film Festival 10 days from Tuesday.
“That wouldn’t be the first time he followed him,” Mauvilian said. “He always played by the rules. I’m not aware of him doing anything illegal.
“Some people will say he’s just another crazy paparazzo trying to make the money. Actually, he was not a paparazzo. He was just another kid from New Mexico.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said it had notified the victim’s family but could not confirm his name until a family member identified the body.
A press statement from 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”.