The groom killed on Saturday while driving to a hotel with his bride after the wedding was 49-year-old William Riley Knight of Crown Point in Indiana. The new groom and his new bride were driving along on the road when they noticed a woman who had been stranded after her car had slid off the road and landed in a ditch, reported CBS on Dec. 15, 2013.
Knowing that the woman would need help, the newlywed groom and his bride stopped and parked in a nearby driveway in order to assist the woman whose car had gone into a ditch.
“He said, ‘We’ve got to stop, it’s late and they need help',” said the groom’s bride.
While the bride was waiting in the truck for her groom, she could see him walk out on the street and join the other woman by the side of the road.
Helpless, the bride had to watch how her groom and the woman he had intended to help got hit first by one vehicle, and then being hit again by two more vehicles.
Nikki, the bride, who is also a registered nurse, “said that from their truck it looked like a car had driven over a lump of snow and she heard a thud. When she went out to the scene, she said, neither Knight nor Darlington had a pulse.”
Both her groom, William Riley Knight, and 42-year-old Linda Darlington, were from Crown Point in Indiana. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. According to autopsies performed on Sunday by the Lake County coroner’s office, their cause of death was blunt-force trauma.
After her groom was killed just hours after their wedding, the newlywed bride, Nikki Knight, told the Chicago-Sun Times by phone, “I went from a being a newlywed to a widow in less than 48 hours — the highest high to the lowest low. It’s a blur.”