A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening — although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari … TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber’s white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 … near the Getty Center in LA.
The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd.
According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time.
Young Money artist Lil Twist was behind the wheel at the time.
We’re told a paparazzo — who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over — attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop.
The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road.
When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed.
Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.
LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.
Justin released a statement, saying … “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.”
The photog who was killed taking pics of Justin Bieber’s car made a call less than an hour before he died, telling someone he was on a big story — because he claimed he saw Justin smoking marijuana while driving.
A source connected with the photo agency Chris Guerra did freelance work for tells TMZ … Chris called him at 5:16 Tuesday afternoon.
Chris said, “Man, you won’t believe my luck. It’s pretty dead in L.A.. Everybody thinks Justin and Selena are in Mexico, but they’re not.”
Chris — who worked exclusively on the Bieber detail — said he had spotted Justin’s car earlier in the day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and also saw Selena Gomez’s car there.
Chris went on … claiming he saw Justin earlier in the day smoking what he believed was marijuana from a pipe while driving the Ferrari.
Our source says Chris told him he was following Justin back to the Four Seasons and was continuing to pursue what he believed was a big story.
This will be breaking all day…
I can’t wait to see what the photographer captured Justin doing…
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