Tiger sued over restaurant staffer's drink driving death

Tiger sued over restaurant staffer's drink driving death

Tiger sued over restaurant staffer's drink driving death

Tiger Woods, his girlfriend, Erica Herman, and The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, Fla., are being sued for allegedly over-serving an employee who later died in a vehicle crash.

Tiger Woods and his girlfriend have been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit after a 24-year-old employee at the golfer's flagship restaurant crashed his auto after being served alcohol one night while at work as a bartender.

The employee, Nicholas Immesberger, had a blood-alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit, according to the lawsuit.

According to TMZ, Immesberger finished his shift on December 10 but stayed at The Woods to drink at the restaurant and was allegedly served to the point of "severe intoxication" before being sent out to his vehicle.

The lawsuit also claims that bartenders and servers at the restaurant "sent him out to his car" so Immesberger could drive home.

Immesberger had a blood-alcohol level of.256, almost three times the legal limit of.08, at the time of his death, per CBS News.

Immesberger was 24 years old at the time of his death. The family claims that Immesberger was overserved at the golfer's establishment before his auto overturned and killed him, and their lawyer alleges video of the victim drinking that day was "destroyed" by the establishment.

Attorney Craig Goldenfarb listed Herman as the general manager of the bar and noted she "set the tone for the culture in that bar". Immesberger died at approximately 6pm local time on December 10, around three hours after finishing his shift.

A separate report from ESPN, however, suggests Immesberger's family also believes The Woods Jupiter "destroyed video evidence of the employee drinking at the bar for three hours - to the point of severe intoxication - prior to his fatal crash in December". "It was a awful night, a awful ending, and we feel bad for him and his entire family". The suit alleges that the employees and management at The Woods promoted drinking by employees.

Attorney Spencer Kuvin said that Florida law holds that when a business over-serves someone known to be addicted to alcohol, that business is responsible for what occurs.

"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. Employees and management of the restaurant were described as being aware that Immesberger had attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and as having continued to serve him drinks even though they knew he had "no other way home" apart from driving there. "It was a awful, bad night", Woods said.

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