The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 24-year-old Nicolas Immesberger says his blood-alcohol limit was more than three times the legal limit when he crashed his Corvette after leaving The Woods bar and restaurant in Jupiter, Fla., on December 10, NBC reports.
In addition to Woods and his restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, the lawsuit also named the golfer's girlfriend, Erica Herman, who was the general manager of the establishment in Jupiter, Fla.
The lawsuit contends that Herman "personally knew Immesberger, specifically recruited him to work at The Woods and was well aware of Immesberger's habitual abuse of alcohol", and that Woods himself "knew Immesberger personally and through information and believe (sic), Herman had discussed Immesberger and his drinking of alcohol with Tiger". The suit also claims they "ignored Immesberger's disease, they fueled it by over-serving him alcohol to the point of severe intoxication and then sending him out to his vehicle to drive home". It was revealed that Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of.256 which is three times the legal limit.
"We're all very sad that Nick passed away", he said. Immesberger died at approximately 6pm local time on December 10, around three hours after finishing his shift.
The suit says that Immesberger also had issues with alcohol addiction, which Woods, Herman, and the staff were (or should have been) aware of, yet they consistently overserved him after his shifts.
Immesberger was said to be traveling "at a high rate of speed" on Federal Highway when he lost control of his 1999 Corvette and swerved across three lanes before going airborne and overturning in Port Salerno, the Florida Highway Patrol said, according to the Palm Beach Post.
"It's very sad", Woods said at the PGA Championship in NY on Tuesday. "It was a awful, bad night", Woods said according to TMZ.
When asked about the alleged video destruction, attorney Craig Goldenfarb said his firm's investigation learned the video was "destroyed shortly after the crash had occurred" and it was allegedly destroyed "as a direct result of (Immesberger's) death and knowledge that he was there that night and they wanted to get rid of that evidence". The suit alleges that the employees and management at The Woods promoted drinking by employees.
The suit alleges employees knew Immesberger attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had another alcohol-related crash in November.
The lawsuit seeks "in excess of" $US15,000.
The lawsuit also accuses The Woods of encouraging drinking on the job and claims that Immesberger was driven home on several occasions after he was "served so much alcohol that he was unable to function properly".