Less than a month after Tiger Woods, his girlfriend, Erica Herman, and his restaurant were named in a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of former bartender Nicholas Immesberger at the Woods-owned restaurant who died in a drunk-driving accident late last year, Woods’ legal team responded, denying any wrongdoing.
According to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard, Woods’ legal team filed multiple motions to dismiss in the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida last week.
“If there was any negligence that caused or contributed to (Immesberger’s) alleged injuries, it was solely the result of negligence on the part of third parties who were not under the care, custody, control or supervision of (Woods),” the motion read.
According to the lawsuit, 24-year-old Immesberger finished his bartending shift at 3 p.m. on December 10, 2018, but remained at the bar and was served to “severe intoxication” by The Woods staff.
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Immesberger died of injuries sustained in the crash after leaving the establishment. 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.”
In addressing Woods specifically, the lawsuit alleges “Tiger 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.” Similarly, the lawsuit said Herman “personally knew Immesberger, specifically recruited him to work at The Woods and was well aware of Immesberger’s habitual abuse of alcohol.”
Prior to last month’s PGA Championship, Woods was asked about Immesberger’s death and the lawsuit.
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“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.”