Police officer loses control of vehicle during response, striking pedestrian and two cars

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A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by a police patrol vehicle that lost control on the wet roadway this morning in Redwood City while responding to a home invasion call, according to the Redwood City Police Department.

A K-9 patrol officer had been responding to a call about a possible home invasion in progress when the officer lost control of the vehicle as it was traveling southbound on El Camino Real, south of James Avenue, about 9:50 a.m. A man standing on the center median was struck as the patrol vehicle crossed it, police said.

The patrol vehicle then collided with two other vehicles in the northbound lanes before coming to rest on the east sidewalk, police said.

The pedestrian was transported to a local trauma center with injuries believed to be serious. The officer, a 12-year veteran, and the canine riding in the car did not appear to be injured but were set to be examined as a precaution.

The other drivers involved were examined the scene by paramedics and released.

The collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, with the assistance of the CHP’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).