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Tiger Woods and Girlfriend Sued After Deadly Drunk Driving Accident

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The family of a Florida man who purportedly was drunk when he crashed his car is suing Tiger Woods, his girlfriend and his restaurant company, saying they should have prevented the man from drinking too much and driving to his death.

The family of 24-year-old Nicholas Immesberger held a news conference Tuesday morning in Palm Beach, Florida.

Immesberger’s family is suing Woods, as well as the golf pro’s girlfriend, Erica Herman, who is the manager of The Woods Restaurant in Jupiter.

Nicholas Immesberger, 24, died December 10, 2018, near the community of Port Salerno, about 20 miles from The Woods Jupiter restaurant and bar — when he crashed his Corvette.

Nicholas Immesberger
Nicholas Immesberger

Investigators said Immesberger later crashed his vehicle in Martin County on SE Federal Highway near SE Colonial Drive and died. His blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.28, more than three times the legal limit.

Lawyers for Immesberger’s family said Tuesday that surveillance video of him drinking for three hours at the bar was destroyed shortly after the deadly crash.

The lawsuit says Immesberger was a bartender at The Woods. His family says Woods and his girlfriend “not only were aware of his alcoholism, but that the employees, staff, and owners of the restaurant knowingly fueled his addiction by regularly over-serving him during and after his work shifts.”

Woods briefly commented on the lawsuit Tuesday during a news conference ahead of the PGA Championship in Farmingdale, New York.

“We are all very sad that Nick passed away,” Woods said. “It was a terrible, terrible night, a terrible ending. We feel bad for him and his entire family. It’s very sad.”

The wrongful death suit is asking for an unspecified amount of damages. Immesberger’s parents will speak to the media Tuesday, a public relations firm said.
Woods is playing in the PGA Championship, one of golf’s major events, this week and is scheduled to be part of a tournament news conference Tuesday morning.