Tiger Woods spoke about the death of former employee at his pre-PGA Championship press conference. He expressed regret about the fatal car crash involving Nicholas Immesberger, a former bartender at The Jupiter Woods bar and restaurant owned by the golfer.
Woods Says Death of Employee is a Tragic Accident
Speaking at the Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, Tiger Woods addressed the death of Nicolas Immesberger, a 24-year-old bartender at The Jupiter Woods establishment owned by Woods and manged by his partner, Erica Herman.
Immesberger’s overturned his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette on December 10, 2018 around 6 PM at the Federal Highway in Florida, leading to his death. Investigators established 0.256 blood alcohol concentration in him, or three times the allowed legal norm.
The evidence is now the basis of litigation which has gone back to Woods and Herman who are cited as the defendant of a lawsuit posted by Immesberger’s parents.
Commenting on the accident, Woods expressed his regret about the night of the accident: “We’re all very sad that Nick passed away. It was a terrible night, a terrible ending, and just — we feel bad for him and his entire family. It’s very sad.”
Was Immesberger “Habitually Addicted?”
The lawsuit alleges that Woods knew about Immesberger’s alcohol abuse. The staff at the Jupiter had been aware that Immesberger had been attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, but they chose to serve him alcohol despite the fact.
The Immesbergers and their lawyers addressed the media on Tuesday, May 14. During the 30-minute statement, the family’s attorneys said that Woods had knowingly destroyed a tape showing Immesberger drinking for three hours before heading out in his Chevrolet.
Attorney Craig Goldenfarb cited Florida law whereby the establishment that serves the alcohol is hold responsible for serving beverages to people with known addiction and abuse issues.
However, Goldenfarb has a difficult case to argue as the definition of addictive may not apply to Immesberger who worked as a bartender at the establishment and is therefore unlikely to be considered an addict to the point where he couldn’t resist a drink or decide rationally about his own alcohol consumption.
Woods is due to play tomorrow, May 16, and take part in the PGA Championship. The case will most likely continue in court.