This one’s from TMZ and by now it’s been bantered all over.
Tiger Woods has an ownership stake in The Woods Jupiter restaurant, located not far from his palatial mansion on Jupiter Island.
TMZ has reported that Nicholas Immesberger, a bartender at The Woods Jupiter reportedly finished his shift on December 10, 2018, but stayed after to drink at the restaurant. If there is a lawsuit, it will claim he was allegedly served to the point of “severe intoxication.”
A police report said that Immesberger lost control of his car around 6 p.m. that night while driving home, swerved across three lanes and went airborne before landing in a grassy area on Federal Highway in Port Salerno, Florida.
The lawsuit was filed Monday by Immesberger’s parents. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Immesberger was driving north in Martin County “at high rate of speed” prior to losing control of his 1999 Chevy Corvette and overturning. Immesberger died at the scene. He was 24 years-old. His blood-alcohol content was reported to be .256, more than three times the Florida legal limit of .08.
The lawsuit, which names Woods, 43, Woods’ girlfriend Jessica Herman, and the corporate entity for The Woods restaurant, was filed by Immesberger’s parents as the representatives of his estate.
Herman works as a manager at the restaurant.
According to the lawsuit, employees, management and owners of The Woods Jupiter bar and restaurant at Harbourside over-served alcohol to Immesberger despite having knowledge that he suffered from alcoholism. Immesberger drank to to point of severe intoxication before being allowed to drive home, the lawsuit alleges.
It further alleges that Immesberger was personally known to Herman and that, in her role as general manager, she specifically recruited him to work as a bartender despite having knowledge of his history of alcohol abuse. The lawsuit states that Herman had discussed Immesberger’s drinking problem with Woods.
It also alleges that a few days prior to the fatal crash, Immesberger drank alcoholic beverages at the restaurant’s bar in the company of both Woods and Herman. The lawsuit states that “Tiger is individually liable in this action because he individually participated in the serving of alcohol to Immesberger.”
When asked about the lawsuit at his Tuesday press conference at the PGA Championship, Tiger said:
“We’re all very sad. A terrible night, a terrible ending. It’s very sad.”