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Pedestrian struck by police car last month dies from his injuries

A man who was struck and seriously injured by a Redwood City police officer last month has died. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office released news of the 25-year-old man's death, but did not say specifically what day he passed away. He had been hospitalized in critical condition since the crash on Sept. 16.

The officer was responding to a call that morning regarding a home invasion robbery on Poplar Avenue. He reportedly lost control of his patrol car on El Camino Real because the road was wet. He hit the median where the man was standing. The car continued moving into oncoming traffic and struck two vehicles. It eventually stopped on a sidewalk.

No one in the vehicles hit by the patrol car required hospitalization. The officer was taken to the hospital, but only as a precaution. The K9 officer in the car was checked out by a veterinarian, although the dog didn't appear to be injured.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Redwood City is still investigating the crash. CHP's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is also involved in the investigation. The perpetrators of the robbery -- reportedly four masked men -- haven't been caught.

When a vehicle belonging to a business or government entity is involved in a crash that is the driver's fault (even if poor weather or road conditions were a factor), it's essential to understand who can and should be held liable for the expenses and damages of the victims or surviving loved ones. An experienced attorney can help families dealing with the aftermath of such a crash.

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