Ojai resident and Oscar-winning screenwriter Roger Avary, who earlier pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated resulting in a late-night car crash in Ojai on January 12, 2008, entered guilty pleas this week in Ventura County Superior Court.
According to court records, Avary, 44, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge and driving under the influence causing injury to more than one victim.
Andreas Zini, 34, a resident of Italy who was staying at the Avary residence, was killed at the scene of the early-morning crash when Avary’s car smashed into a telephone pole in front of Ojai Lumber. Avary’s wife, Gretchen, was reportedly injured after being thrown from the vehicle following impact.
Avary’s sentencing has been set for Sept. 29. He remains free on bail.