By M. Alex Johnson
Pop superstar Justin Bieber called for a crackdown on paparazzi Wednesday after a photographer was killed as he tried to shoot pictures of Bieber’s white Ferrari in Los Angeles — pictures that a veteran photographer said probably would have been worth no more than $100.
The photographer, a man in his late 20s whom police wouldn’t identify until they can notify his next of kin, was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center shortly after he was run over by a passing motorist about 5:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, police said.
Authorities confirmed that Bieber, 18, wasn’t in the Ferrari. It was being driven by a friend, whom they wouldn’t identify, and it wasn’t involved in the accident, police said.
David Allocca, who’s photographed celebrities for many years, told NBC News that even if Bieber had been in the car, any shot the man took would likely have been worth little.
“A plain photo of Bieber in his car? Probably around $100, not more than $500,” said Allocca, who’s photographed Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Nicole Kidman and both Presidents Bush in a 30-year career. “I can guarantee that.”
The incident took place after a California Highway Patrol officer flagged the Ferrari for speeding on the northbound lanes of Interstate 405, said Madeline Nightingale, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Bureau. The car then exited at Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive, she told NBC News.