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Groom killed on wedding day: Man dies trying to help stranded motorist

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A groom killed on his wedding day spent the final moments of his life trying to help another person who needed assistance after her vehicle slid into a ditch. The tragic incident took place in northern Indiana.

Forty-nine-year-old William Riley Knight and his new bride Nikki Knight were married at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Shortly thereafter, the newlyweds were en route to their hotel at approximately 11:45 p.m. when they came across a female driver whose car had driven off the roadway, NBC reported.

The new husband, a former U.S. Army Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division, reportedly turned to his wife and said, "We've got to stop. It's late and they need help."

The freshly married pair parked their vehicle in a nearby driveway. Mrs. Knight, a registered nurse, remained in the truck, and her husband entered the street to help the stranded woman. As Knight was attempting to assist 42-year-old Linda Darlington, a single vehicle struck them. Then two additional vehicles struck Knight and Darlington.

The drivers of the three vehicles involved in the incident that took the life of the groom killed on his wedding day remained at the scene. Charges had not been filed as of Sunday, and it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the tragic accident.

The bride emerged from the truck when she heard the impact. By the time she reached her husband and the stranded motorist, neither of them had pulses. The victims were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 12:41 a.m..

Autopsies were performed on Dec. 15, 2013. According to the Lake County Coroner's office, the groom who died on his wedding day passed from blunt force trauma. Darlington also died from blunt force trauma. She was a teacher.

Knight leaves behind his new bride Nikki, two children and two stepchildren. The groom killed on his wedding day is remembered by those who knew him as a man who loved his country, his friends and his family. Please see the video on the left side of the page for more details.



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