Tiger Woods, amid lawsuit, says death of former employee a 'terrible ending'

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2019

The family of a Florida man who purportedly was drunk when he crashed his auto 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.

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 auto. Immesberger's parents allege that Herman, who was the general manager of the restaurant, "personally knew" their son and recruited him to work at The Woods.

Tiger Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman in 2018.

The lawsuit alleges Woods and Herman had been drinking with Immesberger just days before the crash, and "reasonably should have known" he was a "habitual drunkard", according to TMZ.

"The employees, management and owners of The Woods over-served a young man they knew was suffering with the disease of alcoholism", the lawsuit states. It was a terrible, terrible night, terrible ending and just.we feel bad for him and his entire family.

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. A bartender there, Immesberger stayed and had drinks following a work shift at the Jupiter, Fla., restaurant. "It's very sad", Woods said on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Immesberger worked at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter that Woods owns. But the lawsuit states employees at The Woods were aware that Immesberger crashed a vehicle driving drunk in a separate incident one month prior.

Woods is scheduled to play this weekend in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, his first tournament since winning his fifth Masters title in April.

Immesberger also had been involved in another alcohol-related crash in November, the suit adds. Immesberger died at approximately 6pm local time on December 10, around three hours after finishing his shift.

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 Immesberger's family is asking for damages in excess of $15,000. "It is very sad".

Woods spoke to the media on Tuesday from Farmingdale, N.Y., where he's preparing for the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday.

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