Manassas officer hit by texting driver returns to work after seven-month recovery

Manassas City Police Officer Heather Munsterman (Photo courtesy of Manassas City PD)

(WJLA) - It's been a long journey, but Manassas City Police Officer Heather Munsterman is finally back at the job she loves after a seven-month absence.

Munsterman has been recovering from extensive injuries, including a shattered pelvis and ankle, a concussion, a dislocated shoulder, and bruising over her entire body, suffered when she was hit by a texting driver while conducting a traffic stop on the side of the road.

Police say Munsterman had pulled over a vehicle on Phoenix Drive near the IHOP when another driver swerved off the road, striking both her and the other vehicle.

Alexander Bacon, 25, of Herndon, was charged with texting while driving, reckless driving, and failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle.

Bacon was sentenced to one year in jail followed by two years of probation, and ordered to pay nearly $1,400 in fines.

Munsterman spent time in a rehabilitation facility before she was able to return home, confined mostly to a hospital bed and using a wheelchair to get around.

According to the Team Heather Munsterman Facebook page, created by loved ones to support her in her recovery and provide updates on her condition, Munsterman looked forward to the day she could finally return to the job she loves.

That day was Monday. Munsterman is on desk duty at the Masassas City Police Department, easing back into things, and she couldn't be happier.

"Thank you everyone for your uplifting comments in support!" Munsterman wrote on the Facebook page. "I cannot thank you enough."

Throughout her months of recovery, several fundraisers were held on Munsterman's behalf.