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Roger Avary Issues Apology for DUI (and Manslaughter)

Published January 15, 2008 in Gossip
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety.
Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary Roger Avary (right) with Neil Gaiman
Another victim thanks to the WGA strike. Well, I can't exactly blame that, but Roger Avary might have had less time on his hands to drink, become intoxicated, lose control of his car, crash it into a lightpole, severely injure his wife, and kill an Italian visitor if he were busy working.

Roger Avary is Sorry for DUI/Manslaughter


Following his arrest this weekend for manslaughter and drunk driving charges, screenwriter Roger Avary -- you might have seen a small film written by him known as Beowulf -- has issued a public apology.

"Roger wishes to publicly convey his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased," said a statement released by Avary's publicist Julie Polkes. "Words cannot express how sorry he is, and this tragic accident will always haunt him."

While drunk drivers tend to kill people in other vehicles, Avary's victims were seated in his own ride. His wife suffered serious injuries but is now expected to survive. Italian Andreas Zini was not so lucky, as he died several hours after the accident.



Avary's wife, Gretchen, owes her survival to a miracle, as she was ejected from the car and found in the road. Not many people survive that.

There is still no word on whether the passengers were wearing their seatbelts. Most deaths usually result from a trifecta of mistakes, so let's assume they weren't.

Avary, who was released on $50,000 bail, won an Academy Award for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

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