The mother of a paparazzo who was run over — and later died — after taking photos of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari in January claims her son was hit by two cars, and that an SUV belonging to someone from Bieber’s entourage was the second vehicle.
On January 1, 2013, paparazzo Chris Guerra, 29, was struck by a passing vehicle near the Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles after crossing the Sepulveda Boulevard highway to take photographs of Bieber’s white 458 Italia Ferrari which had been stopped by the California Highway Patrol.
At the time, Guerra thought Bieber was behind the wheel of the Ferrari. But the teen singer wasn’t driving his car at the time, or in fact in the car at all.
The freelancer reportedly told friends earlier that day that he had seen the pop superstar smoking marijuana from a pipe.
That claim was denied by the singer’s representative, who told British newspaper Mail Online, “It’s really sad that people are trying to push a story with no facts so soon after this tragic accident.
“Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honoring the memory of the victim,” the rep added.
Rapper Lil Twist, then a pal of the singer, was later identified as the actual driver of Bieber’s Ferrari. The Dallas native had been pulled over for speeding.
After questioning, a CHP deputy let the rapper go and told Guerra — at the time, taking photographs at the side of the road — to return to his car. As Guerra walked across the road, he was struck by a Toyota Highlander SUV driven by a 69-year-old woman who did not ultimately face charges.
Shortly after he was hit by the first vehicle, the paparazzo was hit by a second transport.
That second vehicle is now wanted for felony hit-and-run for hitting the photographer.
Guerra later died at a nearby hospital.
TMZ reports law enforcement sources have said police analysis of forensic evidence and a surveillance video have narrowed the make of the second vehicle to a black Range Rover or Hummer.
It’s claimed such a vehicle is part of Bieber’s fleet of transports.
Guerra’s mother, Vickie, reportedly believes the second SUV could have been driven by someone in the singer’s entourage who had been trailing his Ferrari or sent to aid Twist after he was pulled over by the CHP.
TMZ state on their website that police are not “embracing or discounting” Guerra’s mother’s claims, but are continuing with their investigation.