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Family of man killed by drunk driver on Dale Mabry Hwy. waits for justice

Deadly crash happened in 2016
Posted at 10:19 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 03:19:50-05

TAMPA, Fla. — The family of a 26-year-old Tampa man who was hit and killed by a drunk driver are waiting for justice.

Daniel Nau died while on his motorcycle on March, 9, 2016.

The crash happened at North Dale Mabry Highway and West Cypress Street in Tampa around 12:30 a.m.

"He's missed 3 birthdays, 4 Christmases, 4 Thanksgivings already," said Lisa Sapp, a family member.

Lisa Sapp, Nau's mother in law, said the family has waited years for justice.

"It has been an emotional roller coaster," she said.

Tampa Police arrested Jermaine Buie in 2016 for DUI manslaughter. According to a criminal report affidavit, Buie told officers he had "one to two beers."

Officers said he showed signs of impairment including glassy, droopy eyes and smelled of alcohol.

Officers said Buie was driving a truck and turned into the path of Nau who was riding a motorcycle. Nau died at the scene.

Nau leaves behind a son who is now 7 years old.

"He's not going to see him play baseball or soccer," said Sapp.

"He deserves to have his father. He deserves to have his son, his only child and it's very hard to look at the sadness in his eyes when he shines so bright any other time," said Sapp.

"You leave behind a string of grief that is well beyond just the life you took," she added.

Buie pleaded guilty and agreed to a plea agreement, according to court records.

The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison, according to court records.

A judge will sentence him on Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m.

We reached out to Buie's attorneys, but have not heard back.