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'Pulp Fiction' co-writer is arrested after fatal crash

January 14, 2008|Tiffany Hsu | Times Staff Writer

The Academy Award-winning co-writer of the film "Pulp Fiction" was arrested after sheriff's deputies said he crashed his car in Ojai early Sunday while driving drunk, injuring his wife and killing a passenger.

Roger Avary, 42, was driving at 12:54 a.m. when the accident occurred outside the Ojai Lumber Co. building at 1900 E. Ojai Ave., said Capt. Monica McGrath of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Avary's wife, Gretchen, 40, was ejected from the back seat and was taken to Ojai Valley Community Hospital with serious injuries, McGrath said.

Another passenger, Andreas Zedini, 34, of Italy, died at Ventura County Medical Center after county firefighters had to extricate him from the vehicle, McGrath said.

Avary was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and was booked briefly into Ventura County Jail before he posted $50,000 bail, McGrath said.

He had most recently served as co-writer and executive producer of the movie "Beowulf."

In 1995, Avary won an Academy Award for co-writing the movie "Pulp Fiction" with director Quentin Tarantino.

He has won awards for work on the film "Killing Zoe." "Beowulf," a film that Avary co-wrote with Neil Gaiman, was released last year.

Avary and his wife live in Ojai, a small city in Ventura County known to be favored by artists.

tiffany.hsu@latimes.com

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