Tiger Woods is facing a wrongful death lawsuit that accuses the golfer and his Jupiter restaurant of overserving an employee, who later crashed his vehicle and died.
The wrongful death lawsuit targets Woods, who owns the restaurant where Immesberger worked, and Woods' girlfriend Erica Herman, who is listed in the complaint as the general manager of the business.
Immesberger lost control of his auto that evening while driving home and crashed, dying in the accident, according to the report, which also said Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of.256, more than three times the legal limit.
Nicholas Immesberger's family claims the 24-year-old bartender was allowed to stay at the restaurant after his shift and drink "to the point of severe intoxication" before he set out in a auto and ended up in a one-person, fatal rollover.
The lawsuit alleges that workers plied Immesberger with drinks after he finished his shift, despite knowing that he had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had been involved in another alcohol-related crash the previous month, reports CNN. It was later revealed that his blood alcohol level was.256 at the time of the fatal crash, more than three times the legal limit.
The family of the deceased 24-year-old man, Nicholas Immesberger, has scheduled a 10 a.m. ET news conference Tuesday.
"We're all very sad that Nick passed away", he said.
The newspaper reported that under state alcohol laws, Woods could be held liable as an owner of the restaurant even if he wasn't there, in injury or death cases involving a person with a known history of alcohol abuse who was over-served. "A awful ending and just we feel bad for him and his entire family". The family is alleging that after his shift that night, Immesberger was overserved by other staff at The Woods, and it was the responsibility of Woods and Herman to prevent that from happening.
Immesberger's parents sued Woods directly claiming he "was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management. were not over serving its employees/customers", according to the report.
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.
Spencer Kuvin, one of the lawyers for Immesberger's family, spoke to ESPN about video footage of Immesberger drinking at the bar, which they believe the restaurant destroyed.
The lawsuit is understood to be seeking in excess of $15,000 (€13,400). 'It was a bad, awful night, a bad ending'.