TMZ Identifies Paparazzo Killed During New Year’s Day Pursuit of Justin Bieber’s Vehicle

KTLA reported the photographer’s first name was Chris and that he was originally from New Mexico. This morning, TMZ has chimed in with the full name of the victim of a freakish New Year’s Day accident in west LA.

Killed while walking across a blind spot of the Supelveda Pass, after being told by LAPD officers to clear the scene, was 29-year-old Chris Guerra. The driver of the car that hit him is understandably traumatized. Per the KTLA report:

The driver of the car that struck the photographer was a grandmother who had her two grandchildren in the car. Police said she was very upset and distraught. She is not facing any charges, because it appears she was following all traffic regulations on the road.

According to TMZ, Guerra had been “exclusively” working the Justin Bieber beat these past few months, having moved to LA in March from Las Vegas. Given his chosen line of work, what’s most tragic and ironic here is that he was not killed during some high-speed freeway pursuit; rather, he died while crossing a city street on foot.

In a statement of condolences released this morning, Bieber expressed the hope that something constructive could come out of the incident, although in this particular case it’s unclear how any laws could have prevented what happened:

“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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