Tiger sad over drunk driving death at heart of lawsuit

Tiger sad over drunk driving death at heart of lawsuit

Tiger sad over drunk driving death at heart of lawsuit

The family of Nicholas Immesberger, a bartender who died in a auto crash past year, is suing Woods, his girlfriend and his restaurant company, saying they "fueled" his death by over-serving him alcohol and then sending him to his vehicle to drive home.

Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of.256, three times Florda's legal limit, when he fatally crashed his vehicle.

They "knew [Immesberger] was suffering from the disease of alcoholism", the lawsuit stated, and not only "ignored" that but "fueled it" by letting him drink at the restaurant's bar "to the point of severe intoxication".

The lawsuit also alleges that Woods and Herman were drinking with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash and that the restaurant destroyed video evidence of Immesberger drinking at the bar for three hours prior to the fatal crash.

At the time of his death Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of 0.256, which is more than three times the legal limit of below 0.08 in Florida.

"The employees and management at The Woods had direct knowledge that Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol", the lawsuit read.

Immesberger lost control of his auto around 6 p.m. that night while driving home, swerved across three lanes and went airborne before landing in a grassy area on Federal Highway in Port Salerno, Florida, according to the Palm Beach Post.

'We're all very sad that Nick passed away, ' Woods told reporters.

Woods' girlfriend Erica Herman, along with employees at The Woods, are also named in the suit.

The attorneys representing Immesberger's parents Tuesday in a press conference claimed video footage of Immesberger drinking for three hours on December 10 has been "destroyed by the Woods". He said it was a "terrible night, a bad ending".

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.

Immesberger was said to be traveling "at a high rate of speed" on Federal Highway when he lost control of his 1999 Corvette and swerved across three lanes before going airborne and overturning in Port Salerno, the Florida Highway Patrol said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The suit said employees were allowed to drink on and off the job at The Woods.

The lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ Sports, seeks more than $15,000 in medical and funeral expenses, as well as other "appropriate damage".

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".

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