Roger Avary, who received an Oscar for Pulp Fiction and who wrote the Silent Hill movie, is headed to jail for gross vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to a year in prison and five years probation.
In the fatal crash last year with Avary at the wheel, a hundred mph drunken driving crash left Avary's friend Andreas Zini dead and his wife in critical condition. Zini had recently wed and was visiting from Italy. His wife, Maria, was in another car.
Avary has settled with Zini's family in a civil suit for $US4.1 million.
"It has profoundly altered me to the very core of my being," Avary said in the Ventura County Court.
Earlier this month, Avary signed on to write upcoming film Silent Hill 2.