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Tiger Woods, Girlfriend Hit With A Lawsuit Over Bartender’s Drunk Driving Death

Nicholas Immesberger got drunk after working his shift at the golfer's Florida restaurant, then died in a drunk driving crash. His parents say Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman, who is the restaurant's general manager, bear responsibility. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Golf icon Tiger Woods may be held legally responsible for the death of a bartender who died after working a shift at his restaurant.

The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, who was an employee at The Woods in Jupiter, Florida, filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County, Florida on Monday, naming Woods as partially responsible for their son’s death, USA Today reports. Immesberger died in a fatal car crash, but his parents say that earlier that day, he was working a shift at The Woods and after clocking out, was then served an abundance of alcohol for three hours before leaving.

Immesberger was 24 years old at the time of the accident on Dec. 10, the Washington Post reports. His parents claim that his shift ended at 3 p.m. but that he remained “sitting at the bar” area, drinking until he left to go home with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the state’s legal limit.

In addition to the restaurant, Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, are both named in the suit, the Post reports. Immesberger’s parents allege that Herman, who was the general manager of the restaurant, “personally knew” their son and recruited him to work at The Woods. They say that both Woods and Herman “knew [Immesberger] was suffering from the disease of alcoholism,” and had even drank with him “a few nights” before the crash, yet they “fueled” the problem by letting him be served enough alcohol to get him severely drunk the night of the accident, the lawsuit reportedly states.

Immesberger got into the one-car crash at around 6 p.m. that night, according to Treasure Coast Newspapers. Authorities say that the young bartender was speeding when he lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette, crossing three lanes of highway into a grassy area off of the road before the car flew into the air.

Police say that Immesberger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the accident.

Now, his parents are seeking "in excess of" $15,000 in damages due to the alleged emotional and financial harm caused by the death of their son, according to USA Today.

Woods has not commented publicly to the suit and his representatives did not respond to requests for comment when contacted by the Post and USA Today.

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