Tiger Woods Sued for Wrongful Death after Alcoholic Employee Dies in Car Crash
A month after Tiger Woods made a historic comeback at the Masters, the golf legend is now being sued by the parents of one of his former employees who died last year in a drunk driving accident. Woods’ girlfriend Erica Herman has also been named in the lawsuit.
In the suit obtained by TMZ Sports, the parents of Nicholas Immesberger, the man who worked at the athlete’s “The Woods” restaurant and bar in Florida, claim that Woods allowed their son to be overserved alcohol on the night he died.
The lawsuit further states that Immesberger worked as a bartender at “The Woods” and knew Woods, 43, personally.
The parents of the deceased are also blaming Erica Herman, Woods’ girlfriend who allegedly recruited Immesberger and who is listed in the complaint as the restaurant’s general manager.
Per the suit, Immesberger finished a shift at 3 pm on December 10, 2018, but stayed on for hours at the restaurant where he was served alcohol to the point of "severe intoxication" before he was sent out to his car to drive home.
According to CNN, the 24-year-old later died near the community of Port Salerno -- about 20 miles from The Woods Jupiter restaurant and bar -- when he crashed his Corvette.
'It was a terrible, terrible night. A terrible ending and just we feel bad for him' ~ Tiger Woods
The civil complaint filed by Immesberger’s parents further reveals that he had a blood alcohol level of .256, three times the legal limit and a police report said he was driving an estimated 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The parents are now pointing fingers at Woods and Herman, claiming they both knew their son had a drinking problem; that employees at the athlete’s restaurant knew Immesberger was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had another alcohol-related crash earlier in November.
“Despite this, the employees and management at The Woods continued to serve Immesberger alcohol while he was working as well as after work, while he sat at the bar,” states the lawsuit according to Fox News.
Per TMZ, the wrongful death lawsuit is asking that Woods, Herman, and the restaurant company be held responsible for medical and funeral expenses, and other unspecified amounts of damages.
Multiple outlets report that neither Woods’ nor Herman’s reps have responded to requests for comment on the issue, but the golf legend himself addressed Immesberger’s death during his PGA Championship press conference on May 14.
Lawyers in Tiger Woods wrongful death lawsuit say evidence was destroyed https://t.co/8C5rGU8Xru— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) May 14, 2019
Avoiding a direct reference to the legal battle, Woods said:
"We're all very sad that Nick passed away. It was a terrible, terrible night. A terrible ending and just we feel bad for him and his entire family. It's very sad."
The lawsuit comes one month after Woods bagged his fifth Masters and 15th major title in one of the most mind-blowing comebacks in not only the history of golf but of sports in general.