A photographer who was trying to take pictures of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was run over by a vehicle as he was crossing a Los Angeles highway on foot to return to his own vehicle.

The paparazzo had identified Bieber's white Ferrari stopped along the highway, whereupon he got out of his vehicle, crossedthe road on foot and took photos of its occupants, Los Angeles police officer James Stoughton said.

At the time, the pop star was not inside the car, having gone to Mexico on a "romantic" New Year's vacation with his girlfriend Selena Gomez.

According to police Sgt. Rudy Lopez, one of Bieber's friends was at the wheel when a California state trooper pulled over the Ferrari.

After taking several photographs, the photographer attempted to return to his vehicle, crossing the highway on foot, but he was hit by an automobile and seriously injured. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Bieber issued a statement saying that his "thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim" and expressing the hope that "this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

Police said that they are not contemplating filing charges against the driver of the vehicle that hit the photographer. EFE