Tiger Woods sued after bartender at his restaurant was allegedly overserved and later died in a drunk-driving accident

Tiger Woods sued after bartender at his restaurant was allegedly overserved and later died in a drunk-driving accident

Professional golfer Tiger Woods is now being sued after a bartender at his restaurant in Florida died in a drunk driving accident following a night of drinking heavily. According to the lawsuit that was filed by the man's family in Palm Beach, Nicholas Immesberger had finished his shift at The Woods in Jupiter on December 10, 2018, shortly before 6 p.m. He decided to, however, stay back for some time and have a few drinks.

WPTV reported that according to the suit, he was served alcohol to the point of "severe intoxication". Only a few hours later, Immesberger had been on the way back home but met with a fatal accident. His blood alcohol level was reportedly .256, which is more than three times the legal limit, according to the lawsuit.

The complaint can be viewed here. 


Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 13, 2019, in Bethpage, New York. (Source: Warren Little/Getty Images)

The Palm Beach Post also reported that Immesberger was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. The 24-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Immesberger's parents are now blaming 43-year-old Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman, who is the general manager of the restaurant.

They claim that the couple knew that their son had been battling alcoholism. TMZ reported that the family now says that Woods is being directly sued because he "was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management … were not overserving its employees/customers". The devastated family is also demanding that they are compensated for medical and funeral expenses.


Nicholas Immesberger (Source: Facebook)

Immesberger had been a local football star, according to the Palm Beach Post. He used to play running back at Berean, on Okeechobee Boulevard and also played fullback in 2013 at Bridgewater College in western Virginia. 

The news of the lawsuit comes only days after President Trump awarded Woods, who recently secured his 5th Masters Tournament win, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. According to the White House, the medal, which is the highest civilian honor in the country, is given to those who show "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

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