Paparazzi’s Mom Sues CHP & California State
The mother of Paparazzi who was hit and killed by a car while taking photos of Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari is reportedly suing the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the State of California, reports TMZ.
The incident, during which photographer Chris Guerra (29) eventually died, took place on the evening of January 1, 2013. Justin was not in the car at the time. His best friend Lil Twist was behind the wheel of the Ferrari.
According to TMZ, Vickie Guerra — the mother of Chris Guera — claims a CHP officer abused his authority by ordering her son to unsafely cross a busy road after noticing him taking photos.
Chris Guerra died in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that same evening. Justin issued a statement on January 2 through his record company, the Island Def Jam Music Group, saying:
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.