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Photographer tracking Justin Bieber's Ferrari killed in accident

January 2, 2013 |  4:22 am

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death of a photographer who was hit by a car Tuesday after taking shots of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari.

Police are interviewing the motorist who hit the 29-year-old man but no arrests have been made. Bieber was not in the car.

The photographer died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The incident took place on Sepulveda Boulevard nearGetty CenterDrive shortly before 6 p.m., officials said. A friend of Bieber was driving the sports car when it was pulled over on the 405 Freeway for a traffic stop by the California Highway Patrol, according to LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez.

A CHP officer directed the driver of Bieber's car off the freeway and onto Sepulveda.

The photographer arrived at the scene, got out of his car and crossed Sepulveda to take photos. He was hit by the car as he went back across the boulevard to his own vehicle, officials said.

Paparazzi have tracked the driving habits of Bieber, 18, and the Los Angeles city attorney's office has been unsuccessful in its attempt to use a novel state law to limit their pursuits.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson ruled in November that the state law did not pass constitutional muster in a case against Paul Raef, a photographer who officials said was speeding on the 101 Freeway last year in order to capture a photo Bieber receiving a traffic citation.

Passed in 2010, the law punishes paparazzi driving dangerously in order to obtain images they intend to sell. Rubinson said the law violated 1st Amendment protections, potentially affecting wedding photographers or those speeding to events where celebrities are present.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Garrett Therolf

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