Tiger Woods and his girlfriend have been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit after a 24-year-old employee at the golfer's flagship restaurant crashed his auto after being served alcohol one night while at work as a bartender.
The Florida Highway Patrol said at the time that Immesberger's accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. along a stretch of us 1 nearly 16 miles north of The Woods. "It was a awful night, a awful ending, and just - we feel bad for him and his entire family". They claim Woods and Herman knew their son on a personal level and that he grappled "with the disease of alcoholism".
Following his epic victory at this year's Masters Tournament less than a month ago, Tiger Woods has now been named in a wrongful death lawsuit for a 24-year-old man who was employed at his restaurant.
'They fueled his addiction with more alcohol instead of help, ' Kuvin said during a press conference on Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and entered a diversion program. The family is alleging that after his shift that night, Immesberger was overserved by other staff at The Woods, and it was the responsibility of Woods and Herman to prevent that from happening. Authorities say that the young bartender was speeding when he lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette, crossing three lanes of highway into a grassy area off of the road before the vehicle flew into the air. Immesberger crashed on the drive home and passed away with a BAC of.256, more than three times the legal limit. The family is also saying that the restaurant destroyed the surveillance footage of Immesberger at the bar.
He added neither Herman nor Woods were on site the day of Immesberger's death but that they are liable under state law because they own and manage the bar.
It states that Woods "was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management were not over serving its employees/customers".
The suit alleges that the employees and management at the restaurant promoted drinking by employees, and Kuvin said Herman created a culture for the bar that led to his death.
The Immesberger's family is asking for damages in excess of $15,000.
Immesberger became intoxicated one night after his shift and then died in a drunk-driving crash that same night.
"It's very sad", Woods said at the PGA Championship in NY on Tuesday.