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Lawyers Allege Tiger Woods' Restaurant Destroyed Wrongful Death Lawsuit Evidence

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2019

Tiger Woods listens to President Donald Trump during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Lawyers in the wrongful death lawsuit against Tiger Woods, The Woods Jupiter restaurant and restaurant general manager Erica Herman, who is also Woods' girlfriend, allege those at the restaurant were aware of how much Nicholas Immesberger drank before his fatal crash in December and proceeded to destroy video evidence.

Immesberger was a bartender at the restaurant when he crashed his car and died at the age of 24 with a blood alcohol content of .256, which is more than three times the legal limit in Florida. Spencer Kuvin, an attorney for Immesberger's family, released a statement Tuesday regarding the suit, per ESPN.com:

"One of the most significant issues we have here is the destruction of evidence. Obviously it shows that somebody knew something had gone wrong and they wanted to get rid of that evidence. We have evidence to show that that videotape, showing Nick at the bar that night after he got off at 3 p.m., drinking for three hours at the bar, was destroyed shortly after the crash had occurred.

"So we have through our investigation uncovered evidence to show that the bar knew what happened, they knew about the crash that night and shortly thereafter that video evidence was destroyed and deleted off the servers they had there at The Woods."

The lawsuit alleges Woods and Herman were both aware Immesberger struggled with alcohol problems and were even "drinking with him" in the days leading up to the fatal Dec. 10 crash.

Kuvin also said Herman was among the employees who knew Immesberger had crashed another vehicle approximately a month before he died.

TMZ Sports first reported on the lawsuit, noting Immesberger allegedly remained at the restaurant for hours after a shift on Dec. 10 and drank to the point of "severe intoxication" prior to the crash.

The lawsuit says Woods and Herman are being sued directly because they are responsible for overseeing the employees who over-served Immesberger.

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