"Pulp Fiction" Writer Roger Avary Sentenced in Fatal DUI Crash

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Photo: Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.

VENTURA, Calif. (CBS/AP) Roger Avary will have to write his next big blockbuster hit behind bars.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Pulp Fiction" has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a fatal traffic accident in Ventura County.

Avary was sentenced Tuesday in a Ventura court. He also received five years probation.

Avary pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving for the 2008 crash that killed a passenger in his Mercedes. Authorities say the car was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a telephone pole.

Avary's wife was ejected from the car and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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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