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U.S. groom killed on way back from his wedding when he stopped to help stranded motorist

Hours After Getting Married, Groom Dies Trying To Help

CHICAGO (AP)- A man married less than seven hours was killed along with a stranded motorist he stopped to help in the snow when they were struck by several vehicles, authorities say.

The man was on the way back from his wedding reception to a hotel when the accident happened in Crown Point in northwestern Indiana.

William "Riley" Knight, 49, of Crown Point, was driving with his wife, Nikki, about 11:45 p.m. Saturday when they saw a woman who had slid off the road in the snow.

"He said, 'We've got to stop, it's late and they need help,'" Nikki Knight told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday.

He pulled his truck into a nearby driveway and Nikki Knight waited inside while he went out to help Linda Darlington, 42, of Crown Point. They were standing by the side of the road when they were struck by one vehicle, and then two more, the Lake County sheriff's office said.

Nikki Knight, a registered nurse, said when she got to the wreck, neither Knight nor Darlington had pulses. They were pronounced dead at the scene early Sunday.

"I went from a being a newlywed to a widow in less than 48 hours - the highest high to the lowest low," Nikki Knight said. "It's a blur."

Police said all drivers involved in the crash remained at the scene. No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.


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Richard C. December 16 2013 at 1:21 PM

RIP William 'Riley', being a fomer Army Ranger, you died doing what Soldier's do best..............helping other's! All my sympathy, to his wife, and all your family, and fiends.

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conniejy December 16 2013 at 2:04 PM

Oh I'm so sorry. God will be with you.

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gloria.stratton December 16 2013 at 2:07 PM

God give you peace....Blessings & prayers..to all.

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BECKY... December 16 2013 at 9:48 AM

Oh my... My condolences. So Sad... :(

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ninajj2 December 16 2013 at 9:47 AM

Each person has his or her own fate.

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bigsuesporster December 16 2013 at 9:46 AM

So sorry to hear of your tragic loss.

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skysoldier4life December 16 2013 at 9:45 AM

Rangers Lead the Way. All the way. Devastating that such a great man and a great life are ended in such a way. My thoughts and prayers out to the family.

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randy822 December 16 2013 at 9:44 AM

Just heartbreaking. An act of kindness ends in tragedy. I honor and and respect this man for what he attempted to do. I pray for his wife and family.

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Buster and Carol December 16 2013 at 9:43 AM

I am so truly sorry to hear of this tragedy. I can't even begin to imagine the pain in your heart. But I will tell you this: don't bottle up, TALK. Open up and cry and find someone, anyone or everyone that will be willing to listen to you. It will make this sadness easier to get through.
We never understand life but as we all know, we are not in control of our fate, we just have to make sure we are ready to go to heaven and hope and pray for the happiest life we can have with the ones we love.
Hang in there you have friends and strangers that care and are praying.

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Winnie Danley December 16 2013 at 2:08 PM

So sad!

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