Tiger Woods' lawyers seek dismissal of wrongful death lawsuit
In December, a bartender who worked at Tiger Woods’ Jupiter, Florida restaurant The Woods died while driving home in a drunk driving accident.
Last month, the parents of 24-year-old Nicholas Immesberger sued Woods for wrongful death claiming that the restaurant overserved their son when he stayed after work for drinks.
Woods’ girlfriend Erica Herman, who runs the restaurant, is also named in the lawsuit.
Woods seeks dismissal
On Tuesday, Woods’ attorneys sought to have the lawsuit dismissed in a legal motion, claiming that Woods is not the owner, but an investor in the restaurant and that he’s not legally responsible for Immesberger’s intoxication level.
"Mr. Woods has no connection to the events described in the complaint," Woods' lawyers wrote. "According to the Estate, Mr. Woods is an investor in the entity that owns the restaurant that served the decedent. Mr. Woods, however, does not work at or own the restaurant, nor was Mr. Woods present at the restaurant on the day in question."
Immesberger’s BAC was 3 times legal limit
Immesberger’s blood alcohol was estimated at .256 at the time of the single-car accident in Port Salerno, Florida, more than three times the legal limit.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Immesberger’s Corvette drifted across three lanes of a highway at a high rate of speed before going airborne and flipping into an adjacent grassy area.
The lawsuit claims that Woods and Herman “reasonably should have known” that Immesberger had a “habitual problem” with alcohol and that Woods is “directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management ... were not over-serving its employees/customers.”
The motion filed by Woods’ lawyers claims that Immesberger’s family "misunderstands the Dram Shop Act,” a law that addresses businesses’ responsibility in serving in intoxicated customers.
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