Groom killed hours after wedding while trying to help stranger who crashed car

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CROWN POINT, Ind. — Hours after his wedding, groom William Riley Knight, 49, of Crown Point, Indiana, was hit by cars and killed.

His new wife was not injured.

They had just left their reception and were headed home, according to Patti Van Til, a spokeswoman with the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department.

“She was still in her wedding dress,” she said.

Knight was acting as a good Samaritan on Saturday night when he stopped to assist Linda Darlington, whose vehicle had slid into a ditch along a road in Crown Point. He climbed out to help while his wife waited in the car.

He and Darlington, 42, were struck multiple times as they stood by the side of the road. She was also killed.

According to WBBM, which spoke to Knight’s ex-wife, he had four children, including two stepchildren.

He acted in community theater, was a hunter and reportedly served in the U.S. Army Rangers before retiring in the mid-1990s.

All drivers remained on scene, and there is nothing to suggest that alcohol was a factor in the crash, Van Til said.

The accident remains under investigation.

“He was just trying to do a good thing for somebody in need,” the spokeswoman said.

“It’s very sad. We have a job to do here, but sometimes it just brings you sadness.”

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  • Arshad Sherif, M.A., M.Ed.

    Sounds like a guy who was pretty active sexually with different women. He had two daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson. And he stops to help a chick whose car was in a ditch. He stopped to help a darling by the name of Ms. Darlington. Linda Darlington must have been hot at 42. They’re always hot in their 40s. What man stops to help a chick with a car problem when he is with his woman? A woman he had just married. Who stops to help a total stranger when they are taking their new wife to a hotel to consummate the marriage? His new wife must have been furious. No wonder she let them die at the scene. The new wife is a registered nurse so she could have administered crucial life-saving first aid. But she didn’t. She let them die. She must have been really pissed at both of them.

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