It's no surprise that paparazzi will do just about anything to get that money shot of a celebrity but for Justin Bieber, things just went a little too far. The pop star's Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on Tuesday evening and when a photog tried to get close to snap pictures, he was killed by an oncoming vehicle. The paparazzo, Chris Guerra, had reportedly been following the car all day and officers had asked him to move to the other side of the road while they tried to conduct their traffic stop. But as he tried to cross back to the other side of the street, he was hit by a car. According to gossip site TMZ, Guerra had phoned a colleague an hour before the incident to say he had seen Bieber smoking marijuana while driving earlier in the day and was pursuing the story.  It turns out Bieber wasn't even in the car -- it was being driven by one of his friends with another friend in the passenger seat, which Bieber's rep later confirmed.

"It's really sad that people are trying to push a story without the facts so soon after this tragic accident," the rep told TMZ. "Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honoring the memory of the victim." Bieber also released the following statement: "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."

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  1. Janice on January 3, 2013 10:22 AM

    Serves him right.

  2. Graeme on January 3, 2013 11:44 AM

    No pity for the guy at all. His family on the other hand, my condolences.

  3. likeit1 on January 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    Being killed on the job is awful

  4. Lenny on January 3, 2013 1:07 PM

    Well, now my day is ruined!

  5. nadine on January 3, 2013 2:58 PM

    the guy was young...i think the police are to blame for sending him across the street. very unsafe

  6. miguel on January 3, 2013 5:10 PM

    dont care no concern of mine

  7. anonymous2 on January 3, 2013 5:22 PM

    Didn't his mother tell him look both ways before you cross the street.

  8. LOL! on January 3, 2013 6:15 PM

    So are we all just going to gloss over the fact that this article suggests Bieber hangs out with pot smokers? Awfully nice and trusting of him to lend his Ferrari to some friends however.

    I think saying "serves him right" is a bit of a harsh statement. I don't necessarily think someone should be hit by a car as punishment for being a celebrity stalking photographer. Maybe his camera smashed instead. Instead I think you should be blaming yourselves or anyone else you know that enjoys Celebrity gossip because you are the ones that keep Paparazzi in business.

    So point the finger at yourselves if you are guilty.

  9. Melanie on January 3, 2013 8:12 PM

    who let's their friend drive there Ferrari without them in the car!

  10. USASUCKSBALLS on January 3, 2013 11:54 PM

    Time to ban and outlaw motor vehicles and ban and outlaw "musicians and actors". Too many people die in car crashes and now people are dying to get pictures of entertainers. OUTLAW AND BAN EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

    Problem solved

  11. Elle on January 4, 2013 8:29 AM

    Melanie!! Someone filthy rich MAYBE?

  12. zuh on January 4, 2013 10:22 AM

    idiotic comments on here. paparazzo was doing his job. being a pain in the ass... doesn't mean he should be killed for it.

  13. Drew on January 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    If all the idiots on this planet didn't get off on pictures of talent-less douche bags like Bieber, none of this would happen...

  14. C-Dub on January 4, 2013 11:36 AM

    The photographer was doing his job that sadly too much of the world reads and feeds on. If the facts weren't straight then that makes it even worse like dying in vain. Look both ways before crossing the street even if a police officer tells you, he doesn't control the traffic. Did the officer need to say, press your left hand on your turn indicator, take your foot off the brake and move your right foot over to the accellorator and lightly press on it while turning your steering wheel....etc. Gimme a break. The paparrazo was a grown up and knew what he was doing. Just sad turn of events so to speak.

  15. LuvMyVamps! on January 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    "Didn't his mother tell him look both ways before you cross the street." LOL! How true.

  16. Snepts on January 6, 2013 7:33 AM

    Honestly, if you're going to risk your life and the lives of everyone around you engaging in a high-speed chase to snap a pic of a celebrity, at least chase someone people are going to remember in ten years -- otherwise, you just wind up looking like an ass.

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