Fatal Lakeland Hit and Run Accident By Moody Law | Personal Injury Attorneys on July 20, 2010

Lakeland, Florida.  A hit and run accident occurred in Lakeland killed James Raney Rizzo.  Rizzo was only 34 years old.  The accident happened at approximately 1:00 a.m. near Main Street and the US Highway 98 bypass bridge.  The vehicle continued on US HIghway 98 without stopping.  Lakeland Police is still investigating this accident.  If you know anyone with information regarding this accident, you are encouraged to call the Lakeland Police Department.

This tragic accident involved the loss of a young man that is compounded by a driver who failed to stop and took away any chance that Mr. Rizzo had of survival.  Leaving the scene of an accident involving death is a first degree felony.  If intoxication can be proved, then the charge increases to DUI manslaughter.  Hit and run drivers are often caught when a repair shop turns the person in after they bring the car in for repairs.  Oftentimes the repairmen will find skin or hairs on the vehicle that clearly did not come from an animal.  Unless this person parks this vehicle in a garage or back yard and never drives this vehicle again, then there is a good chance that this crime will eventually be solved.  None of this, however, does any justice to Mr. Rizzo's survivors.  A wrongful death claim should be pursued.  This wrongful death claim can come from different sources.  First and foremost, the driver or owner who is responsible for this hit and run accident will hopefully have insurance as the first line of coverage to pay for this wrong.  Secondly, we hope that Mr. Rizzo, or a resident relative household member, had uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage (UM) that may apply to this accident.  Further, Mr. Rizzo's survivors may be able to collect a $5,000 PIP no-fault death benefit under certain circumstances.  If you or a loved one has a question or concern about Lakeland car accidents, including this deadly hit and run, please contact a Lakeland personal injury attorney with Moody Law to discuss the particular facts and circumstances of the case.  A consultation with one of our Lakeland personal injury lawyers is free.  Our personal injury attorneys serve greater Central Florida including Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Haines City, Davenport, Auburndale, Ft. Meade, Lake Wales, and all of Polk County, Florida.

Related to This

Daniel D. Moody, J.D., B.C.S.

Moody Law, P.A.

Moody Law was founded by Daniel D. Moody for the sole and exclusive purpose of representing the injured. Our main office is centrally located next to the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, FL, serving Lakeland, Winter Haven, and all the other communities of Polk County.  Some of Mr. Moody’s honors, memberships, and associations include:

  • The Florida Bar Board Certification – Civil Trial Specialist
  • AV PREEMINENT Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Life-member Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Best Attorneys of America – Rue Rating Lifetime Charter Member
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call (863) 733-9090.

Contact Us Today



“Our experience with Moody Law has been awesome, from the first day of calling and talking with the front desk staff and meeting with everyone through the hold process, everyone has been helpful in helping us to resolve this matter.”

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 575 N Broadway Ave  Bartow, FL

Bartow (next to courthouse)

575 N Broadway Ave
Bartow, FL 33830

Open Today 24 hours

Google map image of our location in 1905 U.S. 98  Lakeland, FL

Lakeland Office

1905 U.S. 98
Lakeland, FL 33801

Open Today 24 hours

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Which location would you prefer?

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(863) 733-9090 Send a message