Husband Of Driver In Fatal Bus Crash: ‘They Won’t Find Alcohol Or Drugs’

By Jennifer Brice

DENVER (CBS4) – The 44-year-old bus driver killed in a crash at Denver International Airport on Sunday has been identified Kari Chopper — a wife, a mother to four children, and also a grandmother.

(credit: Denver Police Department)

(credit: Denver Police Department)

CBS4’s Jennifer Brice spoke with Kari Chopper’s husband who says their family is devastated by the accident. Josh Chopper says the crash is just as much as mystery to them as it is to the police detectives investigating it.

Kari and Josh Chopper (credit: Josh Chopper)

Kari and Josh Chopper (credit: Josh Chopper)

Josh Chopper says his wife was healthy, did not drink or smoke, was not using substances or on any type of medication. He says the only medical issues his wife had was from 20 years ago when she saw a specialist for ongoing migraines.

“She hasn’t had any of those headaches in at least 20 years,” Josh Chopper said. “They (specialists) taught her how to eat right, exercise and your body will heal itself and take care of itself.”

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Josh Chopper says he also spoke with the Denver coroner on Monday. He learned from the autopsy that Kari had an enlarged heart.

“We were told that could be leading for a heart attack,” he said, but that’s not confirmed as of now.

John Chopper says the coroner told him alcohol was not found in his wife’s system and are still waiting for more toxicology reports to come back.

“I know they won’t find alcohol or drugs,” he said.

Kari Chopper (credit: John Chopper)

Kari Chopper (credit: John Chopper)

Kari Chopper (credit: John Chopper)

Kari Chopper (credit: John Chopper)

Josh Chopper also says each year his wife was required to have a physical for her job and always came up healthy.

Investigators will now rely on Kari Chopper’s autopsy, medical background and the mechanics of the bus to piece together why the accident happened.

LINK: Kari Chopper GoFundMe page

Jennifer Brice is a reporter with CBS4 focusing on crime and courts. Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @CBS4Jenn.


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