Photographer killed in pursuit of photo of Justin Bieber's car
Paparazzo killed after taking shots of Bieber car - Yahoo! News
So let me get this straight. Photographer was chasing down Bieber's car as it sped, stopped on a freeway where pedestrians are generally not allowed, crossed the freeway to get pictures, was told by the officer to return to his vehicle for his safety, chose not to do so, got his pictures, and was struck whilst crossing the road again. Right.
A paparazzo was struck and killed by a car while darting across a street after taking pictures of Justin Bieber's Ferrari when it was pulled over along a freeway in Los Angeles, police said Wednesday.
Bieber was not in the car at the time. The singer later said his prayers were with the family of the 29-year-old photographer who was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the accident late Tuesday afternoon.
His name was withheld by police pending notification of relatives.
"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.
There are already laws to protect against such tragedies. Like the ones against jaywalking. And the ones that say highway shoulders are for emergency stopping only. Unfortunately, the most effective way to legislate against such tragedies has so far proven difficult to pass: banning stupidity.
From the comments:
While I absolutely despise Justin Bieber, I fail to see his culpability in the matter.
when is this jerk going home,a poor photohrapher wasted his lif for him.! I think he should be called an accessory to the incident,for speeding 80 mph, go home bieber
A. He wasn't in the car.
B. He didn't force the photographer to stop.
C. He didn't force the photographer to cross the highway.
D. He didn't strike the photographer blind whilst crossing the highway.
E. He didn't cause the poor woman to hit the photographer.
The only way I can see Bieber being charged in this matter is if science finally proves that stupidity is infectious, and charges Bieber for spreading the disease knowingly.