The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, 24, has sued Tiger Woods, his girlfriend and his restaurant in Jupiter over the drunk-driving death of a staff bartender
A lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports alleges that Woods contributed to the death of Nicholas Immesberger, 24, who is said to have been over-served following a shift at The Woods restaurant in Jupiter to the point of ‘severe intoxication’ before fatally crashing his vehicle while attempting to drive himself home on December 10.
Woods is currently preparing to compete again at the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black, in his four PGA Tour appearance following his historic comeback win at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia in April.
DailyMail.com reached out to Woods’ representatives but did not immediately receive a response.
The complaint filed in Palm Beach County by the parents of Immesberger names Woods, his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who managed the establishment, and the restaurant itself as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Woods and Herman were aware that Immesberger struggled with alcoholism but still permitted him to be served in the restaurant.
The complaint states that Woods ‘was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management… were not over serving its employees/customers.’
Immesberger was said to have been recruited to work at the restaurant by Herman, and both Woods and Herman had been drinking with him in the days leading up this death.
His family alleges Woods and Herman knew Immesberger personally and were aware or ‘reasonably should have known’ of his tendency to over-consume alcohol as a ‘habitual drunkard.’
Immesberger is said to have drunk alcohol at the restaurant for hours after finishing his shift that day, and was then allowed to go out to his car to drive himself home.
He lost control of his car at around 6pm Eastern, and crashed and died in the accident.
The Palm Beach Post reported that he swerved across three lanes and his vehicle flew through the air before coming down in the grass along Federal Highway in Port Salerno.
At the time of his death Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of .256, which is more than three times the legal limit of below .08 in Florida.
The lawsuit filed by attorneys Craig Goldenfarb and Spencer Kuvin seeks medical and funeral expenses as well as other ‘appropriate damages.’
A copy of a citation obtained by DailyMail.com shows Immesberger had been cited for speeding and failure to produce a drivers license on December 4, 2008, just six days before he died.
Immesberger is survived by his parents, Katie and John Belowsky Sr.; his father, Scott Duchene; bothers, Jack Reilly and John Belowsky Jr.; sisters, Faith and Kiki Belowsky; grandparents, Terry and Jake Zastko, Jim and Anne Immesberger, and grandmother, Deanna Krueger; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nora and Renee Reilly, and by his brother, Trevor Duchene.