LOS ANGELES (January 2, 2013)--Justin Bieber says in a statement that his thoughts and prayers are with the family of a paparazzo who was struck and killed by a car after taking pictures of the singer's Ferrari sports car in Los Angeles.
In a statement released Wednesday by Island Def Jam Music Group, Bieber said he hopes the tragedy will inspire legislation to protect the lives of celebrities, police, bystanders and photographers themselves.
Police Officer James Stoughton said the photographer died Tuesday evening at a hospital.
Bieber was not in the Ferrari at the time, Stoughton said.
Sgt. Rudy Lopez told the Los Angeles Times that the pop star's friend was driving the car when it was pulled over for a traffic stop.
Police say the paparazzo was struck as he returned to his own car after photographing the Ferrari.