Woods is being sued along with his girlfriend, Erica Herman, and his Woods Jupiter corporation that runs The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, by the parents of Nicholas F. Immesberger, who died on December 10, 2018 in a drunk-driving crash.
The golfer should have known that Immesberger, who apparently had a drinking problem, was "habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages and/or was a habitual drunkard", says the lawsuit. It also claims negligence, saying they "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".
The wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday says Nicholas F. Immesberger was served excessive amounts of alcohol before the December 10 vehicle crash. According to the suit, he had a blood-alcohol reading of.256, over three times the legal limit in Florida.
Per reports from USA media the lawsuit, which was brought forward by the Immesberger family, contends that employees of The Woods were aware that the bartender was a "habitual drunkard" and that friends had asked employees to not serve Immesberger alcohol. He was allegedly permitted to drive home following three hours of drinking at The Woods after his shift at the restaurant concluded.
"This is a tragedy because someone who had a problem was not taken care of, and instead, The Woods (restaurant), Tiger and Erica chose to fuel that addiction", Kuvin said.
Immesberger was recruited to work at the restaurant by Herman. The family is alleging that after his shift that night, Immesberger was overserved by other staff at The Woods, and it was the responsibility of Woods and Herman to prevent that from happening. "It was a awful, bad night", Woods said. "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".
The lawsuit also states Woods and Herman were drinking with Immesberger "only a few nights before the fatal crash".
The suit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
"We're all very sad that Nick passed away", Woods told reporters Tuesday at Long Island's Bethpage Black course ahead of this week's PGA Championship.
The lawsuit also accuses The Woods of encouraging drinking on the job and claims that Immesberger was driven home on several occasions after he was "served so much alcohol that he was unable to function properly".