While images of celebrities and celebrity cars can bring good money for photographers under the right circumstances, this much is clear: no celebrity photograph is worth dying for.
As CBS Los Angeles explains, a photographer was struck and killed by a passing motorist while tying to obtain still images of Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari 458 Italia, which had been stopped for a traffic violation by the California Highway Patrol.
The Ferrari was being driven by a friend of Bieber’s, and the pop star was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Though the Ferrari was pulled over on the 405 Freeway, the photographer was struck on Sepulveda Boulevard as he returned to his car after shooting images.
According to officers on the scene, the photographer stepped into traffic without looking, and was fatally injured by an oncoming SUV. Though police and paramedics did their best to revive the victim at the scene, he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
A statement released by Bieber following the incident read, “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.”