Pulp Fiction, Roger Avary

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The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction is getting a heavy dose of reality.

Roger Avary, who cowrote the 1994 neonoir classic with Quentin Tarantino, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter on Friday for a deadly car accident in Ojai, Calif., in January.

Prosecutors claim Avary, 43, was driving drunk the night of Jan. 13 when he lost control of his car and slammed into a telephone pole. A passenger, Andreas Zini, 34, was killed in the crash. Avary's wife, Gretchen, suffered serious injuries when she was ejected from the vehicle.

Avary, who also cowrote 2007's Beowulf starring Angelina Jolie, also faces two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. A pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 20.

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