Attorneys for Tiger Woods announced Monday that the estate of a bartender who crashed his car and died after leaving the restaurant in December had voluntarily dismissed Woods as a defendant. But the lawsuit filed last month by the parents of Nicholas Immesberger is ongoing against both The Woods Jupiter -- the name of the restaurant near Woods' South Florida home -- and Woods' girlfriend, who serves as general manager.
According to Woods' attorney, Barry Postman, Woods invests in but does not own the restaurant.
"The decision was clearly appropriate and reflected the fact that Mr. Woods should not have been included in the lawsuit in the first place because he had nothing to do with Mr. Immesberger's death,'' Postman said in a statement. "While the situation was tragic, the facts will ultimately show that the cause of Mr. Immesberger's car accident were the many decisions made by Mr. Immesberger on the night of his passing.''
The lawsuit had claimed that Woods contributed to the death of an employee who was in a one-car crash. The suit claims Immesberger was observed at the restaurant's bar in a state of "severe intoxication" before getting in his car to drive home.
They "knew [Immesberger] was suffering from the disease of alcoholism," the lawsuit states, and not only "ignored" that but "fueled it" by letting him drink at the restaurant's bar "to the point of severe intoxication."
Woods was in Farmingdale, New York at the time of the crash.
Information from Espn.com contributed to this report.