Bus driver in DIA crash identified as 43-year-old mother of four

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — We now know the identity of the school bus driver who died after crashing at DIA Sunday.

Three coaches were seriously injured and 15 high school football players also went to the hospital.

A GoFundMe page posted today says the driver who died on scene was 43-year-old Kari Chopper – a wife, mother of four and a grandmother.

The GoFundMe page says she showed joy and kindness to all those around her.

Police thought Chopper may have had a medical emergency, causing the crash.

However, her husband Josh tells our sister station in Denver his wife did not have any medical issues.

He posted this message on Facebook last night:

My love… I miss you already… I can’t stop crying. You made me want to be a better man. I am so happy that you were my wife for 22 and a half years.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m. while the Legacy Varsity and JV Football teams were returning from games in California.

Police are still uncertain on why Chopper returned to the East Terminal loop, saying when she did that, the bus went off the highway and into a pillar.

The three buses were taking students back to Broomfield.

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