May 14, 2019; Farmingdale, NY, USA; Tiger Woods addresses the media at a press conference prior to the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2019
(Reuters) – Tiger Woods, who is being prosecuted by the parents of a drunk driver who died in a car accident last year after working in the golfer's restaurant, called the death of the former employee Tuesday terrible ending ".
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Palm Beach County, says employees, managers, and owners of The Woods Jupiter made it possible for Nicholas Immesberger to be served too much after his bartending shift ended, although they were aware of his alcoholism.
Woods, who is in Farmingdale, New York, for this week's PGA championship, was named in the trial along with his girlfriend Erica Herman, who is the general manager at the flagship restaurant of the former number one in Jupiter, Florida.
It was not clear whether Woods or Herman were in the restaurant on the day of the accident, but the lawsuit claims that the couple drank a few nights before the fatal crash with Immesberger.
"Well, we are all very sad that Nick has passed away," Woods told a pre-tournament press conference. "It was a terrible night, a terrible end, and just … we feel bad for him and his entire family. It is very sad."
According to the trial, Immesberger, 24 years old, had a blood alcohol content that was more than three times the legal limit in Florida when he lost control of his vehicle.
Woods, who did not participate in collecting his 15th big championship at the Masters last month, is scheduled to leave on Thursday at 8:24 am ET (1224 GMT).
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Bernadette Baum)