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Funeral planned for victim of weekend hit-and-run

Posted January 26, 2010

— Family and friends will gather later this week to mourn a Raleigh man killed in a weekend hit-and-run.

Visitation for Daniel Allan Blan was scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Capital Funeral Home, 2205 E. Millbrook in Raleigh. The funeral was scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m.

Blan, 24, was the passenger in a car driven by Jason Raymond Butler, also 24. Blan died when Butler lost control and struck a utility pole along Lumley Road, near Mount Herman Road, around 2 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Butler fled the scene and was arrested Sunday afternoon on a charge of felony hit-and-run, Raleigh police said.

Butler was released after posting a $10,000 secured bond.


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  • nikkiyowell919 Jan 29, 2010

    I wish people would quit trying to figure out what the situation was on their own... you all have no idea exactly what happened that night, none of us do.. Cant really say what is wrong or right because nobody knows what they would've done @ that time...funny how people can be so hypocritical about the situation! Jason just lost his best friend! And yes he has to live with that for the rest of his life!.. you would think people would understand that but guess not! yes, We just lost a great guy Daniel Blan he will never be forgotten he made a huge impact on everybody he knew! But i can assure you this being good friends with both Daniel and Jason... Daniel wouldn't wanna see his boy Jason go down for anything else other than the hurt he has to live with! Anybody could have been driving that night.. its a tragedy... i have sympathy for both families! This is a hard time for everyone LAY OFF!

  • lilmama1827511 Jan 26, 2010

    How could a friend leave a friend like that in this type of situation? Sad Story

  • ralgood4u Jan 26, 2010

    Jason Raymond Butler has other charges pending in court besides this one according to the NC court calendars.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 26, 2010

    " The "hit and run" wont stick in court and this idiot wont learn his lesson,"

    If they can put him behind the wheel the charge will stick, but that's sometimes tricky to prove. No doubt the dude was drunk and running possibly saved him some serious prison time. Hopefully karma catches up with him.

  • Its My Prerogative Jan 26, 2010

    Is that what "FRIENDS" are for???? Prayers to the family of the victim.

  • LuckyC Jan 26, 2010

    What a selfish coward for leaving his dead friend laying on the side of the road like that. I grew up with Dan and he was a really nice guy, a little bit of a class clown but a sweetheart. I hope this eats at Jason for the rest of his life. I can guarantee you he was drunk and ran to save his own behind.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jan 26, 2010

    Some friend.

  • ericeric99 Jan 26, 2010

    hmmm , lets see its 2am they crash into a pole and the passenger is killed. Not exactly hit and run. more like "leaving the seen of an accident".

    The guy who took off running, killed his friend but in a sick and twisted way probably saved his own life. If he had of stayed and been charged for a DUI that caused the accident and resulted in someones death then he would be looking at a very long jail sentence. With no proof that he was drunk via not being arrested until the next day, he will mostly end up with a very light sentence. The "hit and run" wont stick in court and this idiot wont learn his lesson, Until he kills the next victim or himself.
    The prosecuter should have charged him with manslaughter..brought in withnesses from there night of partying that saw him drinking, and had a solid case.
    But the hit and run will go away because he can say he was tramatized by his friend body laying next to him and had to get away, or knocked into a daze and wondered away from the accid

  • seankelly15 Jan 26, 2010

    The 'hit and run' did not kill this man, hitting the utility pole did. When I see a death from hit and run, I assume a pedestrian was hit and killed. Totally the incorrect use of the concept of a hit and run.