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Tiger Woods Sued for Wrongful Death After Employee Dies

Parents of man who died in alleged drunk driving crash say golfer knew he was in AA.

Tiger Woods Sued for Wrongful Death After Employee Dies
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Pointing the finger of blame. The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, who died on December 10 when he crashed his Corvette, are suing Tiger Woods and the golfer’s girlfriend for wrongful death.

They allege in a lawsuit filed May 13 that the couple knew their 24-year-old son was an alcoholic. CNN reports that per the suit, Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman recruited Immesberger to work as a bartender at the golf star’s Florida restaurant The Woods, which then allegedly served him too much alcohol after his shift on the day he died.

“The employees and management at The Woods had direct knowledge that Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol. In fact, employees and managers knew that Immesberger had attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings prior to the night of his crash and was attempting to treat his disease,” according to the lawsuit, which USA Today obtained. “Despite this, the employees and management at The Woods continued to serve Immesberger alcohol while he was working as well as after work, while he sat at the bar.”

CNN reports that the 24-year-old was driving at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, and had a blood alcohol level of .256, which is three times the legal limit, at the time of the fatal crash.

The lawsuit also claims that “Tiger is individually liable in this action because he individually participated in the serving of the alcohol,” according to USA Today. But the paper points out that this doesn’t necessarily mean that the golfer served Immesberger or that he was at the restaurant, which is managed by Herman, on December 10, but could still be held liable to due to state laws.

Immesberger’s parents are seeking “in excess” of $15,000 in damages, according to USA Today.