Lawyers say Tiger Woods' restaurant destroyed evidence to hide guilt

Lawyers say Tiger Woods' restaurant destroyed evidence to hide guilt

Tiger Woods is being sued over the death of an alcoholic employee who was killed in a auto crash after a night of heavy drinking at the golfer's Florida restaurant. The lawsuit also claims that bartenders and servers at the restaurant "sent him out to his car" so Immesberger could drive home.

The parents of Nicholas Immesberger claim that Woods, 43, and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, 35, were drinking with their son at the bar of The Woods in Jupiter "only a few nights before the fatal crash" on December 10.

Woods owns the restaurant and Ms Herman is the manager.

Per reports from U.S. media the lawsuit, which was brought forward by the Immesberger family, contends that employees of The Woods were aware that the bartender was a "habitual drunkard" and that friends had asked employees to not serve Immesberger alcohol.

The lawsuit states "the employees and management at The Woods continued to serve Immesberger alcohol to the point of intoxication knowing that he had driven to work and had no other way home".

"We're all very sad that Nick passed away", Woods said. He had an estimated blood alcohol level of 0.256, over three times Florida's legal limit.

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The lawsuit says Herman recruited Immesberger as a bartender irrespective of involving that he used to be an alcoholic.

According to a complaint, the day of the incident, Immesberger ended his shift at the restaurant at 3:00 p.m., and stayed around to drink for another three hours. Kuvin told ESPN that Immesberger had wrecked a different auto just a month earlier after drinking too much at The Woods, and most of the staff was aware of the incident. "It was a bad night, a awful ending".

Immesberger's parents sued Woods directly claiming he "was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management. were not over serving its employees/customers", according to the report. He later died after losing control of his vehicle and swerved across three lanes of highway traffic before going airborne and landing in a grassy patch, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, per the Palm Beach Post.

A copy of a citation obtained by shows Immesberger had been cited for speeding and failure to produce a drivers license on December 4, 2018, just six days before he died.

The PGA Championship is Woods' first event since winning the Masters in April. On his way home, he crashed his auto and died.

Woods is playing in the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, and was at the course early Monday to practice. "It's very sad", Woods said.