The photographer was hit by an SUV as he walked back across the freeway after Highway Patrol officers asked him to leave the scene for obvious safety reasons.The driver of the car is not being charged. A friend and fellow photographer showed up at the scene later, saying “I know a lot of people say, ‘Oh, just another crazy paparazzo trying to make the money.' Actually, he was not a paparazzo, he was just another kid from New Mexico."
Justin Bieber also released the following statement: "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." (Los Angeles Times)
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