Tiger Woods sued over restaurant employee's deadly drunk driving crash

The parents of Nicholas Immesberger who worked as a bartender at Woods Jupiter restaurant filed the lawsuit

The parents of Nicholas Immesberger who worked as a bartender at Woods Jupiter restaurant filed the lawsuit

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.

Nicholas Immesberger worked as a bartender in Woods' restaurant, The Woods, in Jupiter, Florida, which is run by Woods' girlfriend, Erica Herman.

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.

Woods and Herman are being sued after 24-year-old Nicholas Immesberger died in a drunk driving accident in December 2018.

DailyMail.com reached out to Woods' representatives but did not immediately receive a response.

The lawsuit was filed in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Woods' restaurant is managed by Erica Herman, who is his girlfriend.

According to the lawsuit, "The employees and management at The Woods had direct knowledge that Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol", and knew that he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to try treating his disease. Woods, the family said, is "directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management. were not over-serving its employees/customers".

Immesberger is said to have drank alcohol at the restaurant for hours after finishing his shift that day, and was then allowed to go out to his vehicle to drive himself home.

The Palm Beach Post reported that he swerved across three lanes and his vehicle flew through the air before coming down in the grass along Federal Highway in Port Salerno.

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

The lawsuit, brought by his parents, said Immesberger finished his shift at 3pm, sat at the bar drinking and died in a single-car accident about 6pm.

Tiger Woods of the United States chews gum on the second hole during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia.