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WOODLAND—

It started like this: A trip to the car wash for a Woodland Police officer.

But this is how it ended – a bicyclist traveling in the bike lane, against the flow of traffic, was hit by an officer on Monday.

“She had the road covered with the police car… She looked left and took off,” said the cyclist, who did not want to be identified.

Woodland Police told FOX40 that’s true: The officer did not look both ways before taking off.

“Because that’s not the direction a bicyclist is supposed to travel. The officer, she was looking in the opposite direction,” Cucchi said.

And that’s not all. The injured bicyclist says the officer was driving while distracted.

“Like on a cellphone or maybe a computer,” the cyclist said.

FOX40 went to Woodland Police to see if the accident report included that detail. We told police that the woman said the officer was using a cellphone.

“No cellphone was in use during the collision,” Cucchi replied.

Just looking at the bike, the accident was clearly not a minor fender bender. The front tire is mangled, the chain completely off. The woman behind the handlebars says the officer should have to pay for her failure to keep her eyes on the road.

“I’m going to my lawyer to see if this can be settled,” the cyclist said.

Police say it’s simple: The only person in the wrong is the cyclist.

“The bicyclist traveling the wrong way likely the cause of this crash,” Cucchi said.