Roger Avary pleads guilty to manslaughter

Passenger in 'Pulp Fiction' writer's auto was killed in 2008

VENTURA, Calif. -- An Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Pulp Fiction" has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving for a crash that killed a passenger in his Mercedes.

Roger Avary, 43, of Ojai entered the pleas Tuesday in a Ventura court. He'll be sentenced next month and remains free on bail.

Authorities say Avary was intoxicated when his car hit a telephone pole in Ojai on Jan. 13, 2008. The crash injured his wife and killed 34-year-old Andreas Zini, who was visiting from Italy.

Avary has apologized for the accident.

Avary and Quentin Tarantino share the 1995 Academy Award for writing "Pulp Fiction." He also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie "Beowulf."
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