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LA photographer killed while shooting Bieber’s car

The singer was not in his car at the time, LA police officer says

Canadian singer Justin Bieber
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epa03519039 Canadian singer Justin Bieber (R) sits with Chris Paul II, the son of Los Angeles Clippers player Chris Paul during the game against the Boston Celtics at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 27 December 2012. EPA/MICHAEL NELSON

Police say a paparazzo was hit by a car and killed after taking photos of Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari on a Los Angeles street.

Los Angeles police officer James Stoughton says the photographer, who was not identified, died at a hospital shortly after the crash on Tuesday evening. Stoughton says Bieber was not in the Ferrari at the time.

The sports car was parked on the side of Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Centre Drive after a traffic stop. The photographer was struck as he walked across the boulevard after taking pictures.

Stoughton says no charges are likely to be filed against the motorist who hit the man.

“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Bieber said in a statement.

“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.”