The wrongful death lawsuit filed in May concerning Nicholas Immesberger, a former bartender at The Woods Jupiter who died in a drunk-driving accident, has removed Tiger Woods name from the filing, Woods’ attorneys announced on Monday.
The announcement came after a court filing by attorneys for the estate of Immesberger. The lawsuit will continue against The Woods Jupiter, and Woods’ girlfriend, Erica Herman, the general manager of the restaurant.
“The decision (by the estate) was clearly appropriate and reflected the fact that Mr. Woods should not have been included in the lawsuit in the first place because he had nothing to do with Mr. Immesberger’s death,” Woods’ attorney, Barry Postman, wrote in a statement, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “While the situation was tragic, the facts will ultimately show that the cause of Mr. Immesberger’s car accident were the many decisions made by Mr. Immesberger on the night of his passing.”
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In a filing made on June 5, Woods’ legal team requested that the lawsuit against Woods be dismissed, and never allowed to be re-filed, according to The Sentinel.
“There is no factual or legal basis for naming Mr. Woods as a defendant in this lawsuit,” Woods’ lawyers wrote. “Mr. Woods does not work at or own the restaurant nor was he present on the day of the accident.”
Immesberger died of injuries sustained in the single-car crash after leaving the establishment on December 10, 2018. Immesberger had a blood-alcohol level of .256 at the time of his death, more than three times the legal limit.
The complaint alleges that “the employees and management at The Woods continued to serve Immesberger alcohol to the point of intoxication knowing that he had driven to work and had no other way home,” and employees and management “had direct knowledge that Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol.”
Woods was asked about the lawsuit prior to May’s PGA Championship.
“Well, we’re all very sad that Nick passed away,” Woods said. “It was a terrible night, a terrible ending, and we feel bad for him and his entire family. It’s very sad.”
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Immesberger’s parents, Katherine Belowsky and Scott Duchene, filed the lawsuit and are seeking $15,000 for medical and funeral expenses.