Paparazzo Killed While Trying to Take Pictures Of Justin Bieber's Ferrari
Last night, a celebrity photographer was fatally struck while on his way to take photographs of Justin Bieber's Ferrari. The photographer, identified as Chris Guerra, had been crossing Sepulveda Boulevard near the Getty Center around 6 p.m. when he was hit by a car. The Ferrari, which belonged to Bieber but was being driven by someone else, was stopped on the 405 and directed to pull over on Sepulveda. Guerra, who had been following the car, got out of his car, too. According to KTLA, "Police instructed him to return to his vehicle because it was a dangerous spot of the Sepulveda Pass, with blind spots and speeding " The LAPD's Sgt. Rudy Lopez said, "[The photographer] seemed reluctant to go back, but eventually he did. While this photographer returned to the vehicle, it did not appear as if he was looking, and he was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Sepulveda."
Guerra was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. NBC Los Angeles adds, "Charges will not be filed against the woman driving the car who hit the photographer."
TMZ reports, "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." It seems that rapper Lil Twist was in the car.
UPDATE: Guerra called a friend shortly before he was killed and told him that he had a big scoop: he saw Justin Bieber smoking marijuana out of a pipe. The anonymous photographer spoke to TMZ about Guerra's last call and said the photographer might have be "overzealous" at the traffic stop because he thought he was about to get a huge scoop.