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Indiana newlywed stops to help stranded motorist, both killed

William Riley Knight and his new bride had just left their wedding reception late Saturday night in Crown Point, when they noticed a stranded driver.

Knight pulled over to help teacher Linda Darlington whose car was stuck in a ditch.

As Darlington and Knight tried to cross the street, they were struck by three cars. Both died at the scene.

 

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A memorial service will be held today in Cedar Lake, Indiana, for a newlywed groom who was killed on his wedding day while helping a stranded woman.

Riley Knight and his wife had just left their wedding reception Saturday when they saw a car skid off the road in Crown Point.

While he helped the driver, they were both struck by cars and killed.

Services for Linda Darlington, the other victim, will be held Saturday.

Students and staff said goodbye to first grade teacher Linda Darlington today at a Hobart, Indiana elementary school.

She and the Good Samaritan who stopped to help her Saturday night, were both killed in what investigators call a tragic accident.

In just a short number of years at Martin Elementary School, Linda Darlington earned a reputation for being an innovative and beloved teacher.

For those who knew Darlington, its a tragic accident they now have to try to explain to students. Some are writing letters.

“She was always someone who I called Miss Sunshine,” school principal Kasey Allen said. “Every day I would get emails from her telling me ‘I love being here,’ ‘Don’t I have the best job ever?’ And she would send me pictures of the kids working or pictures of her with them. She just brought life out here in our building.”

Darlington was one of two people hit and killed after she went down an embankment near Crown Point.

William “Riley” Knight, 49, who was with his new bride Nikki, stopped to help on the way from their wedding reception.

Nikki was in the car when Riley and Linda were hit by three vehicles while crossing the dark roadway.

Those who were at the wedding reception on saturday night are heartbroken.

“He was the happiness I’d  ever seen him and so was Nikki,” said friend Angie Lowe.

Darlington was married and had three children.

Riley Knight had two of his own children and two new stepchildren from his marriage just hours before he died.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

So far, there’s no word on memorials or funeral services.

No charges are expected in the deadly weekend crash that killed a groom and teacher in Crown Point, Indiana.

Linda Darlington’s car went into a ditch Saturday night.

William Riley Knight, 49, pulled over to help her out.

Riley and his wife had just left their wedding reception.

Authorities say both Knight and Darlington, 42, were standing by the side of the road at 109th Avenue near Lane Street when they were hit and killed by three cars.

Investigators say it doesn’t appear alcohol was a factor.

There may be no charges in the deadly crash that killed a man on his wedding day.

William Riley Knight and his new bride had just left their wedding reception late Saturday night in Crown Point, when they noticed a stranded driver.

Knight pulled over to help Linda Darlington whose car was stuck in a ditch.

As Darlington and Knight tried to cross 109th Avenue near Lane Street, they were struck by three cars.

Both died at the scene.

Friends of the couple say Knight’s wife is devastated to become a widow just hours after saying her vows.

All the drivers remained on the scene after the crash.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

No charges are expected.

A man, who just gotten married earlier in the day, was one of two people killed in a crash in Crown Point, Indiana late Saturday night.

49-year-old William “Riley” Knight and his new bride had just left their reception when they spotted a woman stranded on 109th Ave near Lane St  in unincorporated Lake County, Indiana.crownpoint

It was Linda Darlington, a 42-year-old teacher from Crown Point. Her car had slid down an embankment.

Knight stopped to help.

Those who knew him, like longtime friend Angie Lowe, were not surprised. She says, he was always a “serviceman,” whether in uniform or a tux.

“He would stop and help anyone in any shape and form,” Angie said.

Knight and Darlington were trying to cross the road when they were hit three times.

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

Both Knight and Darlington were dead at the scene.

Knight’s wife Nikki was not injured physically.

But friends say  she is devastated emotionally.

Darlington leaves behind a husband and 3 children.  Knight leaves two children and two stepchildren. He served in the army and was active in community theater.

Police are still investigating the road conditions at the time of the accident but say none of the drivers involved was under the influence of alcohol. No charges are expected.

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