On December 10th, Nicholas Immesberger, who was a bartender at Tiger Woods’ restaurant, The Woods, was killed in a car crash in Jupiter, Florida. He was 24 years old.
Now Nicholas’ parents are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against The Woods, Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who is the general manager of the establishment.
The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County yesterday, claims, according to USA Today, that “Immesberger was over-served for about three hours after his shift at The Woods concluded, before the fatal crash.”
Immesberger’s blood alcohol concentration was estimated at 0.28, which is more than three times the legal limit, and, according to the lawsuit, the staff should have known that he had a history of alcohol abuse and should not have been served the drinks.
“Tiger knew, or reasonably should have known, that Immesberger was habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages, and/or was a habitual drunkard.” said the lawsuit.
“The employees and management at The Woods had direct knowledge that Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol,” continued the lawsuit. “In fact, employees and managers knew that Immesberger had attended Alcoholic Anonymous meetings prior to the night of his crash and was attempting to treat his disease. 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.”
As the owner, Woods could be liable for the incident, yet it hasn’t been revealed whether Tiger served him alcohol or if the Masters’ Champion was even at the restaurant.
But under a Florida law, Woods could potentially be held liable even if he “wasn’t physically at the venue if a foreseeable risk of injury or death occurs due to over-serving somebody with a known history of alcohol abuse issues.”
They are seeking “in excess of” $15,000 in damages, the jurisdictional limit for the court.
A press conference is scheduled for later today.