Va. Officer Heather Munsterman hit by Alexander Bacon while he was texting and driving

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MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- It has been more than a month since a City of Manassas Police officer was critically injured by a distracted driver.

Friends, family and colleagues gathered for a fundraiser for Officer Heather Munsterman. The community also came together to push the message to stop texting while driving.

Officer Heather Munsterman is an eight-year veteran on the police force.

Now she's confined to a wheel chair and at home, mainly in a hospital bed.

She's on the road to recovery but it's a struggle every day.

It has been a tough road ever since a driver hit her while she was conducting a traffic stop last month on Centreville Road.

"It's hard. Something as simple as getting water and sitting up in my hospital bed, takes a long time for me to do," she said.

Twenty-five-year-old Alexander M. Bacon from Herndon faces multiple charges for the incident.

"It could have been one of us, or it could have been one of our friends doing the same thing," Officer Jeremiah Wiess of Alexandria police said. 

Through the pain, Heather wanted to greet all the friends who have been by her side. Folks wore Team Heather t-shirts at Saturday's fundraiser event at the Old Towne Sports Pub in Manassas.

They're all trying to bring more awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.


"Unfortunately I had to be hit in order for this to become such a big issue. But it is an issue. The slow down and move over campaign which a lot of people don't know about and texting and driving. It could've been me it could've been my son. I'm so happy the community is coming together," Munsterman said.

Heather suffered broken bones, internal injuries and a concussion, but she knows it could have been much worse.

"I could've lost my legs and the good Lord had it, I might not be here," she said.

Officer Munsterman can't wait to get back to patroling the streets, but she has many more months of physical therapy before she can walk on her own.

The next court appearance for the driver, Alexander Bacon, is September 9.

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