Top news coming in to a chilly San Francisco today, right after the news about the celebrations around the world (See that article here: Photos: New Year's Day 2013, how some enjoyed the celebrations (Video)) is about Justin Bieber. One member of the paparazzi was killed as he followed him, trying to take a photo. That car was in fact being used by a friend of Justin Bieber, not Justin Bieber himself.
"This accident is a terrible tragedy," says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler. "I know he thought it would have been worth a small fortune to get a photo of the teen idol, but it was just not worth the photographer's life."
The photographer had seen Justin's Ferrari stopped at a light and crossed the street to take a picture, says Newser.com, but the tragedy happened right after that.
"Police told the man to return to his car and he was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back across the street," says Newser.com
TMZ told press that the photographer had seen Bieber earlier in the day and believed the person in the car smoking pot later that day was Bieber. When he saw the car again later, he assumed Bieber was still in the car, but in fact, he was not.
Justin Bieber was told about the incident and released a statement to the press:
"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."
It was last year in the summer that Justin Bieber was issued a ticket for speeding in an attempt to get away from the paparazzi, says Newser.com
Justin Bieber is often in the press and it was not so long ago when Mariah Yeater said she was pregnant with his baby. (See that story here: Justin Bieber vs. Mariah Yeater, what Bieber will do (photos))
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