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May 15, 2019
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Filed: A wrongful-death lawsuit against Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, who is the general manager of Woods’ restaurant, The Woods Jupiter in Jupiter, Fla., after an employee died Dec. 10 in a car crash, according to media reports. The parents of the late Nicholas Immesberger filed the lawsuit in Palm Beach County (Fla.) Circuit Court on Monday. Immesberger, 24, a bartender at the restaurant, died on his way home from work after his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette left Federal Highway and crashed in Martin County. Immesberger was found to have had a 0.256 blood-alcohol level, more than three times Florida’s legal limit of 0.08. The lawsuit alleges that Immesberger was served alcohol during and after his shift at The Woods Jupiter, which is managed by Erica Herman, Woods’ girlfriend. Immesberger had a history of alcohol abuse, the lawsuit alleges, and Woods “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, filed by Mary Katherine Belowsky and Scott Duchene, seeks damages of more than $15,000. Under Florida alcohol laws, Woods could be held liable as a restaurant owner even if he wasn’t at the venue at the time of the incident if a foreseeable risk of injury or death had occurred because of over-serving. An attorney for Immesberger’s parents alleges that The Woods Jupiter representatives destroyed video evidence relating to the incident. Asked about the lawsuit on Tuesday at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, site of this week’s PGA Championship, Woods called Immesberger’s death “very sad,” adding that it was a “terrible night.”


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