December 16, 2008
‘Pulp’ scribe charged in fatal crash
Roger Avary, the man who co-wrote
Pulp Fiction, has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in a Jan. 13 car crash in Ojai, Calif.
The 43-year-old screenwriter, who also penned the film
Beowulf, is accused of driving drunk when he crashed his Mercedes sedan into a telephone pole, seriously injuring his wife Gretchen and killing his 34-year-old passenger Andreas Zini, an Italian newlywed who was visiting the Avarys with his bride while on their honeymoon. Zini's wife Maria was not in the vehicle at the time of the wreck. Avary's wife has since recovered from her injuries.
Avary's lawyer Mark Werksman said his client remains distraught over the incident and hopes to resolve the case quickly.
The Times said a pretrial conference has been scheduled for Feb. 20.
Avary and Quentin Tarantino won the Oscar for best screenplay for