Tiger Woods has been dropped from a lawsuit filed by the parents of a staffer at his Florida restaurant who tragically died in a drunk driving accident after he was allegedly over-served alcohol at work.
Nicholas Immesberger, 24, worked at Woods’ Florida restaurant The Woods Jupiter and was allegedly over-served alcohol at the bar after one of his shifts and got into a fatal car crash as he drove home in December 2018.
The golf star was at first named in a May wrongful death lawsuit, but as of Friday his name was removed, which his lawyers deemed a ‘clearly appropriate’ decision.
However, the lawsuit is continuing against the restaurant The Woods Jupiter and its general manager Erica Herman, who is Woods’ girlfriend.
Tiger Woods (left) has been dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Nicholas Immesberger (right), a 24-year-old bartender at the golf star’s Florida restaurant The Woods Jupiter. Immesberger died in a devastating drunk driving crash in December after he was allegedly over-served alcohol at work
Immesberger was reportedly drinking at the restaurant (pictured) for three hours after finishing his shift on December 10, 2018, and was then allowed to drive himself home and got into a fatal crash along the way
The lawsuit is continuing against the restaurant The Woods Jupiter and its general manager Erica Herman, who is Woods’ girlfriend. Herman pictured above with Woods in September 2018 in Versailles, France
On December 10, 2018 Immesberger concluded his shift and continued to drink alcohol at the bar for about three hours before getting into his car with an estimated blood alcohol concentration of 0.256 – more than three times the legal limit in Florida.
His fellow employees were said to have known that he struggled with alcoholism.
He lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette on Federal Highway in Jupiter around 6pm that night, swerved across three lanes, then the car flew into the air, flipped over and crashed in the grass, according to the Palm Beach Post.
He was traveling at more than 100 mph on a road with 55 mph speed limits, according to the accident report.
The traffic crash report notes that the cause of death was ‘multiple blunt trauma injuries and the manner of death was an accident.’
A crash report obtained by DailyMail.com last month revealed Immesberger had traces of the cannabis component THC in his blood as well as alcohol, causing him to be ‘impaired at the time of the traffic crash.’
His heartbroken father Scott Duchene and mother Mary Belowsky filed a wrongful death lawsuit in May via the firm Craig Goldengarb of Palm Beach alleging that Immesberger was over-served for about three hours after his shift at The Woods concluded on the day of the fatal crash.
On Friday Immesberger’s family filed an amended complaint saying: ‘The employees, management and owners of the Woods not only 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 car to drive home’
Immesberger’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in May in Palm Beach County, Florida. Pictured are Immesberger’s stepfather John Belowsky Sr and mother Katie Belowsky
On Friday an amended complaint was filed in Palm Beach County alleging that the Woods ‘over-served a young man alcohol who they knew was suffering with the disease of alcoholism.’
The complaint adds that, ‘The employees, management and owners of the Woods not only 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 car to drive home.’
In the case Woods is represented by the firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. in West Palm Beach.
‘The decision 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,’ the first said in a release on Monday.
Immesberger’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Woods after the 24-year-old was reportedly drinking at the restaurant after finishing his shift on the day he died, and then tried to drive himself home in his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette
A graphic taken from the traffic crash report by Florida Highway Patrol shows the point where Immesberger lost control of the vehicle around 6 pm, swerving across three lanes before his car flew through the air and crashed into the grass along Federal Highway in Port Salerno
The traffic crash report notes that Immesberger’s cause of death was ‘multiple blunt trauma injuries and the manner of death was an accident’. It states that Immesberger had traces of THC in his system, as well as a blood alcohol level of .256, more than 3 times the legal limit of below .08
‘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,’ it added.
Woods’ legal team said in court documents filed this month that the plaintiffs had made improper legal claims ‘in a rush to sue a public figure.’
The original lawsuit stipulated that: ‘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,’ as per Golfweek.
‘Tiger is individually liable in this action because he individually participated in the serving of alcohol,’ the original lawsuit also alleged. But it did not mean that Woods was present at the restaurant that day or served.
‘A few days prior to the subject automobile crash and Immesberger’s death, Immesberger consumed alcoholic beverages at the bar inside The Woods in the company of Tiger and Herman,’ the original lawsuit added.
The golf star shared his condolences over Immesberger’s death before playing in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.
‘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.’