Nikki Knight went from being a bride to a widow in a matter of hours, as her husband was hit by a car while helping a stranded motorist. William Knight, the groom, was killed just hours after saying his vows when he stopped by the side of the road to help a woman who had driven into a ditch. William Knight and Nikki Knight were on their way to a hotel after their wedding reception when this horrific event occurred, according to NBC News on Dec. 16.
William pulled over in a nearby driveway and walked to the car that was in a ditch. The driver of the car, Linda Darlington, 42, was standing on the side of the road when William Knight joined her. Both William and Darlington were struck by a car going east on 109th street. Two cars that were following closely behind the first car also ran them over.
Nikki, who stayed in the truck, said from where she was sitting she heard a “thud” and it looked like someone ran over a clump of snow. She got out of the car to investigate. This brand new bride found her new husband and the stranded driver lying lifeless on the side of the road. Nikki, who is a nurse, said neither of the two had a pulse.
The newlyweds and Darlington are from Crown Point, Indiana. William Knight and Darlington were pronounced dead on the scene a little before 1 a.m. Sunday. The coroner said they both died from blunt force trauma. The drivers who hit these two victims remained at the scene and no arrests have been made in this accident as of Sunday.
It is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash. Autopsies were set to be performed on the two victims Sunday.
Knight, who went by his middle name, Riley, was married at 5 p.m. that evening. Nikki said her husband was the type of man who would put his life on the line to help someone in distress.
Knight spent 12 years as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division. He did tours of duty in Operation Desert Storm. After the military he worked as a heat-treating specialist in northwest Indiana.