Paparazzo killed in traffic collision

By Aaron Blevins, 1/03/2013


A pedestrian who was taking photographs of a traffic stop Tuesday evening died after being struck by a vehicle on Sepulveda Boulevard near the Getty Center Drive exit of the 405 Freeway.

On January 1, at around 5:50 p.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred involving a 2007 Toyota Highlander and a pedestrian who was in the roadway. The collision occurred on Sepulveda Boulevard south of the Getty Center drive exit from the 405 freeway. The driver of the SUV was headed south on Sepulveda Boulevard, approaching the Getty Center Drive exit when she collided with a pedestrian. The 29-year-old male pedestrian was crossing eastbound on Sepulveda Boulevard when he was struck by the vehicle.

The pedestrian was a photographer and was photographing a traffic stop on the adjacent 405 freeway just prior to crossing the roadway. He was reportedly taking photos of musician Justin Bieber’s car. The pedestrian’s identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin. The 69 year-old female driver of the Toyota did not show any signs of drug or alcohol impairment while at the scene of the collision and remained at the collision site until officers arrived.

City of Los Angeles, Rescue Ambulance 19, responded and transported the pedestrian to UCLA Westwood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. Officers from the West Traffic Division and the LAPD Multi-Disciplinary Collision Investigation Team responded to the scene of the collision and conducted the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Multi-Disciplinary Collision Investigation Team at (213)486-0690. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877)527-3247.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.



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