GLEN BURNIE, MD - It's been nearly five months since Maryland State Police Trooper Jacqueline Kline was struck by an oncoming car and critically injured as she helped a fellow trooper at a traffic stop.
"I may not show it sometimes yet, because I really can't help how I act because of my injury, my brain injury, but I really want people to know that I am very appreciative for having a second chance at life," she said Tuesday.
Family, friends and colleagues say she's been a fighter the whole way .
"I was telling them in the hospital when I was in a neck brace, I was like, 'When can I go back to work? When can I get out of here?' I'm very passionate about what I do and I was impatient with the whole thing," Kline said.
Kline said she doesn't remember the terrifying crash, but says her shift partner, Trooper Justin Fohs, saved her life. She says it's given her a second chance.
"I feel like I am here for a reason. I need to help. I need to do anything I can to make people happy. Because that's, I feel like that's why I'm here is to help people and make people happy," she said.
Kline has been back to work at the Glen Burnie barrack for about a month doing administrative work, but she says she's hoping it's only a matter of time before she's patrolling the streets again.
"It's nice to be back here now, but I'm still impatient because I'm not exactly doing what I want to do. But it's step by step, I got to be patient, I know that," she said.
Kline suffered a broken arm and head injury in the accident. She says five months after the crash, she's still on the road to recovery.