The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, who was an employee at The Woods in Jupiter, Florida, filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County, Florida on Monday, naming Woods as partially responsible for their son's death, USA Today reports.
The lawsuit blames Woods, who owns the restaurant where Immesberger worked as a bartender, and Erica Herman, who is listed in the complaint as the general manager of business and is Woods' girlfriend, for wrongful death.
Woods' girlfriend, Erica Herman, a manager at The Woods, is also named as a defendant.
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.
Woods addressed the suit while speaking at a PGA Championship press conference in Bethpage, New York on Tuesday.
'We feel bad for him and his entire family. He had an estimated blood alcohol level of 0.256, over three times Florida's legal limit.
The family claims Woods and Herman knew Immesberger had a habitual problem with alcohol, but allowed him to be served anyway. The family claims that Immesberger was overserved at the golfer's establishment before his vehicle overturned and killed him, and their lawyer alleges video of the victim drinking that day was "destroyed" by the establishment.
"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".
Woods and Herman returned home from a trip to Australia the night of December 7.
This was not Immesberger's only incident with alcohol at The Woods Jupiter. CBS news reports Immesberger's friend told The Woods employees not to serve the man anymore.
Woods recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom after winning The Masters. Immesberger crashed on his drive home and died in the accident. The Immesberger's family is asking for damages in excess of $15,000. Woods is now preparing to compete in the PGA Championship which begins on Thursday. Immesberger had attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had another alcohol-related crash in November, the suit adds. The restaurant is said to be primarily run by Woods' girlfriend.