The Martin County medical examiner also found a high blood-alcohol level. The lawsuit says The Woods Jupiter 'overserved' the 24-year-old, who struggled with alcohol problems.

JUPITER — Tests performed on Nicholas Immesberger concluded the 24-year-old bartender at The Woods Jupiter had the active ingredient of marijuana in his blood when he died in a December crash, according to a toxicology report made public Thursday.

Immesberger's parents have filed a negligence lawsuit against golfer Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, the owner and manager of the Harbourside Place restaurant, claiming that Immesberger died in a Dec. 10 crash after The Woods Jupiter had "overserved" alcohol "to the point of severe intoxication. The Martin County medical examiner's office put Immesberger's blood-alcohol level at .256, more than triple the state's 0.08 threshold for intoxication.

Its report also said Immesberger’s blood contained levels of THC far above the state’s reporting limit of 2.0 nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol per millimeter of blood. Immesberger's levels measured at 13.3, according to the report. Immesberger lost control of his 1999 Chevy Corvette at about 6 p.m. Dec. 10 on Federal Highway near Port Salerno in southern Martin County.

Lawyers for Immesberger’s parents, Mary Belowsky and Scott Duchene, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Woods, Herman and The Woods Jupiter on Monday. In a Tuesday news conference, the lawyers alleged that Woods, Herman and employees at the restaurant knew Immesberger struggled with alcoholism, but continued to serve him both during and after his shifts. Employees were allegedly aware that Immesberger attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was in another alcohol-related car wreck about a month before his death.

“Tiger, Erica and The Woods staff all knew that Nick had a disease,” Goldenfarb said Tuesday. “Despite this knowledge, they served him drinks for three hours, fueling his addiction.”

Attempts to reach Goldenfarb for comment Thursday were not immediately successful.

Spencer T. Kuvin, the law firm’s litigation director, said the restaurant also “destroyed” surveillance-camera video footage that showed Imemsberger drinking at the bar for three hours. Attorneys are asking the court to have a forensic specialist examine the restaurant’s surveillance cameras.

The suit alleges Herman, who managed the restaurant, specifically recruited Immesberger to work as a bartender at The Woods, despite being “well aware” of his drinking habits, which she discussed with Woods. Under Florida law, the lawyers claim, Woods and Herman are liable in Immesberger’s death.

According to Florida’s "dram shop" law, a person can be held liable if they “willfully and unlawfully” provide alcohol to a person who is “habitually addicted” to alcohol.

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