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Newlywed stops to help teacher stuck in snow, both struck and killed

A groom traveling from his wedding reception stopped to help a driver who had slid off the road into the snow. The man and the woman he tried to help were both killed after getting hit by multiple cars.

Posted on Dec. 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.

CROWN POINT, Ind. — Two people were killed in a roadside accident Saturday night near Crown Point, including a man who got married less than seven hours before, reports Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU.

William "Riley" Knight, 49, of Crown Point and his wife Nikki, were driving back from their wedding reception to a hotel around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, when they saw a vehicle had slid off the road into the snow.

Knight pulled his truck into a nearby driveway to get out and help the driver, Linda Darlington, 42, a teacher of Crown Point, while Nikki Knight remained inside the truck.

The groom and the teacher were standing by the side of the road when they were hit by one vehicle, and then two more, the Lake County Sheriff's office said. Knight and Darlington were pronounced dead at the scene early Sunday morning.

"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 stayed at the scene. No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.

Knight is also survived by two his two daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson.


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