Lawsuit blames Tiger Woods for drunken driver's death

Tiger Woods, Photo Date: 6/6/2015, Photo: PGA TOUR
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WHSV) — The parents of a drunken driver who died in a car crash last year are suing Tiger Woods. They blame the golfer and his girlfriend for allowing their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday says Nicholas F. Immesberger was served excessive amounts of alcohol before the Dec. 10 car crash.

Immesberger worked at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter that Woods owns. The golfer's girlfriend, Erica Herman, is general manager.

The lawsuit (which you can read here) says Herman recruited Immesberger as a bartender despite knowing his condition. And it says the restaurant's employees, managers and owners allowed the 24-year-old man to be over-served even though they knew he was an alcoholic, and then let him drive away in his Corvette.

Immesberger finished his shift at 3 p.m., sat at the bar drinking and died in a single-car accident about 6 p.m., according to the lawsuit.

The civil complaint says Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of .256, three times the legal limit. A police report says he was driving an estimated 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The suit alleges employees knew Immesberger attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had another alcohol-related crash in November.

It also says Woods and Herman knew of his disease but were drinking with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash. The suit alleges that the employees and management at The Woods promoted drinking by employees.

Woods' agent hasn't responded to an email seeking comment.

A Facebook profile matching Immesberger's name and hometown lists him as a former Bridgewater College student, as does a 2013 Bridgewater football roster. His obituary stated that he planned to start training to become an EMT in the month after his death.



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