Memorial Planned For Driver Killed In Deadly Bus Crash

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)– The driver killed in a deadly bus crash will be remembered on Monday. A memorial service has been planned for Kari Chopper who was killed in the crash at Denver International Airport earlier this month.

The memorial service is planned at 6 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Church located at 53 E 128th Ave. in Thornton. The service is open to anyone who wishes to pay their respects.

Kari Chopper (credit: John Chopper)

Kari Chopper (credit: John Chopper)

Kari’s husband, Josh, told CBS4 that the coroner told him Kari had an enlarged heart and may have had a heart attack. He said he was surprised because his wife had no known health issues at the time of the crash on Sept. 11.

The Legacy High School Varsity and JV football teams were leaving DIA on buses after returning from a game in California. Driver Kari Chopper somehow crashed into a concrete bridge in the passenger pick up area and was killed. Fifteen students were taken to the hospital. Three coaches were seriously injured.

(credit: Denver Police Department)

(credit: Denver Police Department)

Bus drivers are required to undergo a Department of Transportation medical exam every two years. Kari passed a physical exam in May. She worked for the Adams 12 School District for four years and her husband said she loved her job.

LINK: Kari Chopper GoFundMe page

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