Justin Bieber on Wednesday sent "thoughts and prayers" to the family of a 29-year-old paparazzo killed Tuesday while he was shadowing the pop star's Ferrari, trying to obtain pictures during a traffic stop.
"While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement obtained by L.A. Now. "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 freelance photographer — identified by TMZ as Chris Guerra — was struck by a sport utility vehicle around 6 p.m. while crossing Sepulveda Boulevard after a California Highway Patrol officer who'd pulled over the Ferrari directed him back to his own car. Guerra had initially crossed to the side of the road where the Ferrari was in order to take photos.