Tiger Woods is reportedly facing a wrongful death lawsuit after the drunk driving death of an employee at his Florida restaurant, according to multiple reports.
Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman, the manager of The Woods in Jupiter, Florida, are being sued by the parents of Nicholas Immesberger, a 24-year-old former bartender at the establishment. According to the New York Daily News, Immesberger had a 0.28 BAC when he was killed in a crash back in December.
The lawsuit, which reportedly seeks “in excess of” $15,000, claims that Immesberger was over-served for multiple hours following his shift at The Woods.
Via USA Today:
While the lawsuit alleges, “Tiger is individually liable in this action because he individually participated in the serving of alcohol,” that doesn’t mean Woods served — or was even at The Woods — that day.
Woods, under state alcohol laws, potentially could be held liable as an owner of the establishment even if he wasn’t physically at the venue if a foreseeable risk of injury or death occurs due to over-serving somebody with a known history of alcohol abuse issues.
Immesberger’s parents claim Woods and Herman knew their son was an alcoholic and should be held responsible for his death.
“Tiger knew, or reasonably should have known, that Immesberger was habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages and/or was a habitual drunkard,” the lawsuit states.
The suit also alleges that Woods and Herman were drinking with Immesberger at The Woods “only a few nights before” the accident.
Woods, the 2019 Masters champion, is days away from teeing off at the PGA Championship.