(CROWN POINT, Ind.) — An Indiana groom was struck and killed by a car Saturday night, just hours after his wedding, after he went to assist a motorist whose car had gone into a ditch. The woman he stopped to help was also killed.
William Riley Knight, 49, was on his way to a hotel with his new wife Nikki around 11:45 p.m. when they spotted the woman and her disabled car in the town of Crown Point.
Nikki Knight told the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday, “He said, ‘We’ve got to stop. It’s late and they need help.’” Nikki Knight said they parked in a driveway and she stayed in their truck while her new husband went to help.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, William Knight and the woman, Linda Darlington, 42, were standing on the side of the road when they were struck by one vehicle and then struck again by two other cars.
William Knight and Darlington were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Police said all the drivers involved in the accident remained at the scene and all tested negative for alcohol.
No charges had been filed as of Sunday night, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Nikki Knight told the newspaper her husband had served as a U.S. Army Ranger for about 12 years, including tours of duty in Operation Desert Storm.
“He was the type of person who was willing to put himself on the line and support you no matter what,” she said.
“I went from being a newlywed to a widow in less than 48 hours — the highest high to the lowest low,” she said.
William Knight is survived by his bride and a blended family that includes his two daughters, a stepson and a stepdaughter.
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