On New Year’s Day, a photographer who thought he had spotted Justin Bieber sitting in his parked white Ferrari was hit and killed by oncoming traffic as he walked across an L.A. freeway to get back to his car after taking pictures. Ironically, Bieber wasn’t actually in the car or present on the scene when this incident happened.

The photographer had parked his car across the street and went over and took pictures of the people in the car. According to CNN, the police officer had told him to go back to his car twice before the incident happened.

Bieber has had some scary situations with paparazzi before, chasing him on the freeway in their cars and one of them was even charged criminally as a result. Although he wasn’t there when the incident happened, Bieber has released a statement with respect to this tragic incident. Read it below.

“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Bieber said in a statement. “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.”