Justin Bieber off the hook in alleged hit-and-run

2013-08-02 09:04

Los Angeles – Justin Bieber can breathe easy – at least as far as a hit-and-run allegation against him goes.

The Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s office has decided not to pursue a hit-and-run charge against Boyfriend singer Bieber, which stemmed from an incident involving a paparazzo outside a Sunset Blvd. nightclub last month.

The DA’s office has declined to pursue the charge due to “insufficient evidence to prove that Bieber knowingly left the scene of collision in which someone was injured.”

The incident occurred at 11.40pm on June 17, as Bieber prepared to leave in his Ferrari. According to the DA office’s report, when security personnel motioned Bieber to pull away from the curb, paparazzo Damon Walter “stepped slightly in front of Bieber’s car on the right side to take another picture.”

As a result, “Bieber’s car hit Walter slightly on the leg, briefly pinning him against a car that had been parked in front of Bieber’s.”

“Officers determined that Walter was at fault in the collision due to being in the roadway and blocking Bieber’s vehicle.”

The DA’s office determined Bieber probably wasn’t aware he had struck Bieber, echoing a statement Bieber had made through his attorney.

“The Ferrari's engine is loud. The impact was minor and given the chaotic scene and stress of the situation, it is likely that Bieber did not know he had hit Walter,” the DA’s office concluded.

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