In a reverse of the Princess Diana incident, a photographer has been killed trying to film Justin Bieber.
Los Angeles police said the 29-year-old paparazzo had left his vehicle on the highway to shoot Bieber’s white Ferrari when he was hit by another car.
The Mail Online identified the photographer as Chris Guerra. Bieber, who was not in the car at the time of the accident, issued a statement saying his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the victim, and he urged the enactment of tighter laws on paparazzi.
"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," Bieber said in the statement released by Island Def Jam Music Group.
Entertainmentwise said “Guerra was desperate to pursue Bieber because he saw the teen idol 'smoking marijuana' earlier in the day…”
Miley Cyrus defended Bieber on Twitter. "Your mom teaches you when you're a child not to play in the street." She also tweeted "Hope this paparazzi/JB accident brings on some changes in '13. Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn't Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!"
Guerra was following the Ferrari when it pulled off Interstate 405 and was stopped by the California Highway Patrol. Troopers had ordered Guerra to return to his car, and while he was heading back he was hit by another car. The driver was not charged.
The accident occurred Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on Sepulveda Boulevard near the Getty Center.
Wikipedia reports that on Aug. 31, 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France, while being chased by paparazzi.
A California court has dismissed charges filed under a new anti-paparazzi law, written partly with the Princess Di case in mind, saying it was too broad and could violate freedom of speech.