A Redwood City police officer lost control, struck a pedestrian and hit two vehicles while responding to a possible home invasion robbery call Wednesday morning, according to police.
The pedestrian was transported to a hospital. Police later in the day said the pedestrian is recovering from surgery and is in critical condition at a local trauma center.
The officer was also taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was released. The drivers in the vehicles that were hit were checked out at the scene and also released.
After the emergency call came in around 9:47 a.m., the officer responded to the scene but lost control while driving southbound on El Camino Real, police said. The officer's patrol vehicle hit the center median near James Avenue and then struck the pedestrian — a man who was standing on the center of the median.
The officer's vehicle continued into the northbound lanes of El Camino Real, slamming into the two vehicles before ending up on a sidewalk, according to police.
Residents are questioning whether police could have handled the call more safely since Sequoia High School is only yards away from where the crash occurred.
"I feel it's irresponsible to be driving that recklessly," said Derrick Horton from the San Mateo County.
Police said the road was wet at the time of the crash and an investigation is ongoing.
A police K-9 riding in the officer's vehicle was taken to a veterinarian to be examined and did not appear to suffer any injuries, according to police.