Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tiger Woods hit with lawsuit after employee dies in car crash

Tiger Woods hit with lawsuit after employee dies in car crash

The family of a Florida man who purportedly was drunk when he crashed his vehicle is suing Tiger Woods, his girlfriend and his restaurant company, saying they should have prevented the man from drinking too much and driving to his death.

The restaurant's manager is Erica Herman, who is Woods' girlfriend.

They "knew [Immesberger] was suffering from the disease of alcoholism", the lawsuit stated, and not only "ignored" that but "fueled it" by letting him drink at the restaurant's bar "to the point of severe intoxication".

According to the lawsuit, Immesberger struggled with alcohol abuse.

The lawsuit alleges Woods and Herman had been drinking with Immesberger just days before the crash and "reasonably should have known" he was a "habitual drunkard", according to TMZ.

The complaint states that Woods 'was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management. were not over serving its employees/customers'. The restaurant is said to be primarily run by Woods' girlfriend.

A bartender at Tiger Woods' Florida restaurant was allegedly over-served after his shift last December and died in crash driving home. As Woods has staged a career comeback that began previous year and culminated in his triumph last month at the Masters, Herman has become a familiar figure to golf fans, who have seen Woods greet her with affection after completing rounds.

The news broke hours after Woods played his opening practice round for the 101st PGA Championship, the year's second major golf tournament which starts Thursday at Bethpage Black on Long Island in NY.

The complaint filed in Palm Beach County by the family of Immesberger names Woods, his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who managed the establishment, and the restaurant itself as defendants. reached out to Woods' representatives but did not immediately receive a response.

The suit also alleges that Woods and Herman were drinking with Immesberger at The Woods "only a few nights before" the accident.

The suit seeks damages "in excess of $15,000" and a jury trial.

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