Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

Tiger Woods sued over restaurant staffer's drunk driving death

The parents of Nicholas Immesberger who worked as a bartender at Woods Jupiter restaurant filed the lawsuit The parents of Nicholas Immesberger who worked as a bartender at Woods Jupiter restaurant filed the lawsuit
Cary Erickson | 14 May, 2019, 16:41

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in Palm Beach County, Mary Belowsky and Scott Duchene say the employees and management of The Woods over-served their son, Nicholas F. Immesberger, on December 10, 2018.

Nicholas Immesberger's family claims the 24-year-old bartender was allowed to stay at the restaurant after his shift and drink "to the point of severe intoxication" before he set out in auto and ended up in a one-person, fatal rollover.

Both Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman (right), were named in the lawsuit.

According to the suit, Immesberger finished a shift on December 10, 2018 - but stayed at the restaurant for hours where he was served alcohol to the point of "severe intoxication" before he was sent out to his auto to drive home.

Nicholas Immesberger reportedly had a blood alcohol content of about 0.28 - more than three times the legal limit - when he died after his auto went off the road as he was driving home from work last December.

TMZ reports the parents believe Woods and Herman are at fault, saying the pair knew Immesberger had a drinking problem, but let him get served alcohol anyway.

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Messages left with Woods' representatives by USA TODAY Sports were not immediately returned. The suit also says Woods and Herman drank with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash despite his struggle with alcohol.

A police said Immesberger lost control of his vehicle on his way home and swerved across three lanes before going airborne and overturning.

Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 13, 2019 in Bethpage, New York. The suit alleges that the employees and management at The Woods promoted drinking by employees. TMZ reported Monday that the victim - identified as Nicholas Immesberger - was battling alcoholism, according to his parents.

The 43-year-old golfer was yet to comment on the lawsuit filed against him.

Woods snapped an 11-year major win drought by winning the Masters last month and seeks his 16th career major title this week. According to CNN, he was scheduled to be part of a tournament news conference Tuesday morning.