- Tiger Woods is facing a wrongful death lawsuit that accuses him and his Jupiter restaurant of overserving an employee, who later crashed and died.
The family of a Florida man who purportedly was drunk when he crashed his vehicle is suing Tiger Woods, his girlfriend and his restaurant company, saying they should have prevented the man from drinking too much and driving to his death.
Immesberger worked at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, and is said to have known the golfer personally.
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 says Woods and Herman knew of his disease but were drinking with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash.
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The Florida Highway Patrol said at the time that Immesberger's accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. along a stretch of US 1 nearly 16 miles north of The Woods.
He lost control of his auto at around 6pm Eastern, and crashed and died in the accident while trying to get home.
According to the lawsuit, Woods and Herman were aware that Immesberger struggled with alcoholism but still permitted him to be served in the restaurant. "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". Woods is coming off his thrilling victory at the Masters last month, which led Donald Trump to present Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week.
The 43-year-old Woods, who is preparing to play in the PGA Championship, has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by attorneys Craig Goldenfarb and Spencer Kuvin seeks medical and funeral expenses as well as other 'appropriate damages'. Immesberger died at the scene.