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Tampa man dies of wreck injuries

A 26-year-old Tampa man died at Bayfront Medical Center Tuesday night from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Christopher Scott Owens of 10745 Glen Ellen Drive was riding on the platform of a vehicle that was changing reflectors on the roadway near Fifth Avenue N when he was struck by a 1989 Chevrolet driven by Ryan S. Hope, 22, of 2070 62nd St. N in Clearwater.

Hope was northbound on I-275 about 10:55 p.m. when he swerved to the left middle lane to avoid the 1993 Chevrolet in which Owens was riding. Hope lost control, skidded to the right and struck Owens, throwing him across the pavement and into the outside guardrail. The FHP was still investigating the accident Wednesday, and no charges had been filed.

Former patients sue over eye surgery

TAMPA _ Five former patients of the Tampa Ophthalmic Group have sued the clinic and its owner, Dr. Leslie Chisholm, over their radial keratotomy eye surgery.

In five separate lawsuits filed Wednesday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Cheryl Porto, Linda E. Carlson, W. Wayne Roggenkamp, James Belcher and James Pennington claim Chisholm and his business were negligent in recommending and performing the surgery, known as RK, and its follow-up care.

Radial keratotomy corrects mild to moderate near-sightedness through a star-burst pattern of incisions in the cornea.

Chisholm and his clinic are among the leading practitioners of the surgery locally. In late 1993, he claimed to have performed more than 14,000 RK surgeries, more than any other Tampa Bay doctor.

_ Compiled from staff reports