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Lawsuit blames Tiger Woods for drunken driver's death

18 May 2019

The family of an alcoholic employee who was killed in a drunk-driving crash has named Tiger Woods in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed on Monday in Palm Beach County, Florida. They blame the golfer and his girlfriend for allowing their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated. The lawsuit also alleges that Woods and Herman were out drinking with Immesberger, three days before his death in December 2018.

"This is a tragedy because someone who had a problem was not taken care of, and instead, The Woods (restaurant), Tiger and Erica chose to fuel that addiction", Kuvin said.

At a Tuesday press conference to discuss his upcoming turn in the US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York, Woods commented briefly on the matter.

"One of the most significant issues we have here is the destruction of evidence", said Spencer Kuvin, an attorney for the Immesberger family.

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Nicholas Immesberger had an estimated blood alcohol concentration of 0.28 - more than three times the legal limit - when he died after his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette left the roadway.

After ending his shift on December 10, 2018, Immesberger allegedly stuck around and drank to the point of intoxication before the 24-year-old left the restaurant. "It was a bad, awful night", Woods said according to TMZ.

The lawsuit says Herman recruited Immesberger as a bartender despite knowing his condition.

Per Florida law, Woods could be held responsible for the incident due to his role as the establishment's owner even if he wasn't physically present when the incident occurred. The lawsuit contends that employees at The Woods were aware that one month prior to his fatal crash he had crashed another vehicle while driving home and that one of Immesberger's friends had told employees at The Woods to stop serving the 24-year-old alcohol.

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He lost control of the vehicle around 6pm, swerving across three lanes before his auto flew through the air and crashed into the grass along Federal Highway in Port Salerno, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Immesberger also had been involved in another alcohol-related crash in November, the suit adds.

Immesberger's parents are seeking more than $15,000 in damages to cover medical and funeral expenses as well as other emotional damages. "It is very sad". He spoke about Immesberger on Tuesday morning during his pre-PGA Championship news conference.

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Lawsuit blames Tiger Woods for drunken driver's death