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Groom killed on wedding day: Man died helping a woman in distress

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A groom was killed on his wedding day when he ran to help a woman in distress after her car veered off the road. Chicago Tribune reports Dec. 16 that William Riley Knight and his new wife, Nikki, were leaving their wedding reception and headed to a hotel outside Crown Point, Ind. when the tragedy happened.

The car in front of William and Nikki slid off the road and into a ditch. William was concerned for the driver since it was cold outside and told his newlywed wife that he should go help. She waited in the parked car while he walked down the road to help the woman -- Linda Darlington -- get her car up the snow-packed embankment. As the two were working to get the car back on the road, they were both hit and killed by three passing cars.

The road where the groom was killed on his wedding day was dark and was down a slight rise in the road. It's believed that drivers did not notice William Knight and Linda Darlington until it was too late. The road wasn't icy, but piled snow from plow trucks might have placed both of them in more danger with the vehicle that was stuck.

"One of the first vehicles was coming eastbound and struck both individuals," said Lake County Sheriff John Bunich. "A car right behind them, the first vehicle, also struck the two, and unfortunately a third vehicle that was eastbound also struck the couple."

One of the cars was driven by a man and another by his wife who was following behind him. The third car came from the other direction. Alcohol was not a factor in the terrible accident.

William had dated Nikki for about six years before they got married.

"They were very joyous," the relative said. "He was a true father to his children and to Nikki's children. He loved them and the kids loved him."

William and Nikkie had children between them from the ages of 10 to 13.

It's a rare thing for a bride or groom to be killed on their wedding day and certainly a couple's worst nightmare. Nikki lost her husband and his children lost a father. He died trying to help someone in a crisis and was happier than ever following the long-awaited wedding with his love of six years.

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