Tiger Woods, amid lawsuit, says death of former employee a 'terrible ending'

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2019

"The employees, management and owners of THE WOODS not only ignored IMMESBERGER's disease, they fueled it by over-serving him alcohol to the point of severe intoxication and then sending him out to his auto to drive home".

Nicholas Immesberger, 24, had a blood alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit when he crashed his vehicle on December 10, 2018, according to his family.

The complaint states that Erica Herman, the general manager at The Woods Jupiter, personally recruited Immesberger to work at the bar and was "well aware" of his abuse of alcohol.

Woods owns the restaurant and Ms Herman is the manager. The suit also claims that management and staff at the restaurant knew that Mr Immesberger, 24, had attended Alcoholic Anonymous meetings but carried on serving the bartender drinks after his shift ended, knowing that he planned to drive home.

"The employees, management and owners of The Woods over-served a young man they knew was suffering with the disease of alcoholism", the lawsuit states.

"It's very sad", Woods said at the PGA Championship in NY on Tuesday.

Immesberger had an estimated blood alcohol concentration of 0.256 - more than three times the legal limit in Florida - when his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette left Federal Highway and overturned at about 6 p.m. on December 10, 2018.

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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The family's attorneys also claim that video showing Immesberger drinking at the restaurant's bar after work on the night he died had been destroyed. "It was a bad night, a awful ending".

The attorney cited Florida law that holds an establishment responsible if it "knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverage".

Immesberger labored at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter that Woods owns.

The PGA Championship is Woods' first event since winning the Masters in April.

Back in December, Nicholas Immesberger died in a auto accident after crashing his Corvette while going 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.

Immesberger's parents are seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Woods spoke to the media on Tuesday from Farmingdale, N.Y., where he's preparing for the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday.

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