Bus driver, Legacy HS coaches in fatal bus crash identified

KUSA - The coroner’s office has identified the driver who died in a bus crash at Denver International Airport Sunday that left 15 Legacy High School football players and three coaches injured.

The driver, 43-year-old Kari Chopper, was described by her husband as “devoted to her kids.”

Investigators say it’s a mystery why the bus veered off the road at DIA Sunday afternoon. Witnesses told 9NEWS that nothing seemed amiss before the crash, but Denver Police said at a news conference on Monday that the driver may have been speeding.

Police said the bus was leaving the airport, but for some reason circled back to level four.

“At this point –[she] should not have been coming back up, but did and then ran off the right side of the roadway, struck one of the upright pillars that holds the ramp that takes us up to level 6 East,” Sgt. Mike Farr with the Denver Police Department said.

The Legacy High School football team was coming back from playing in Chino Hills, California before the game. The students who were injured are expected to survive. Most of them have been released from the hospital.

Three coaches in the bus were taken to the hospital with significant injuries. They have been identified as Wayne Voorhees, Matt Kroupa and Kyle Rider. 

The crash marked a sobering start to Homecoming Week at Legacy High School. Adams 12 School District said they have counselors on hand to help students.

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