Paparazzo Tracking Bieber's Car Is Killed
On New Year's Day, when newsrooms generally employ a skeleton staff, the biggest entertainment story of the day concerned the death of a photographer who had apparently been trailing Justin Bieber's white Ferrari on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles when California Highway Patrol officers pulled it over. According to reports, the photographer was snapping shots of the incident on Sepulveda Blvd, which runs next to the freeway, when he was ordered by the CHP officers to return to his car. As he did so, he was reportedly fatally struck by another vehicle. Although the incident was reported on virtually every major news outlet internationally the accounts failed to include basic information that, on any other day of the year, a reporter at the scene might ordinarily have obtained, such as the name of the photographer, his affiliation (if any), and the name of the person who was driving Bieber's vehicle. Bieber's publicist later issued this statement on behalf of the young singer: 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.