William "Riley" Knight and his new wife Nikki were on their way to a hotel from their own wedding reception when they saw a woman drive into a ditch on the side of the road.
Knight pulled into a nearby driveway and left Nikki in the car in order to go assist Linda Darlington in getting her car out from the ditch. While Knight and Darlington attempted to get the car out, they were run over by a passing vehicle. To make it even worse, two more vehicles accidentally ran over the two, and they were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Knight, 49, and Darlington, 42, were the only two people killed in the freak accident. Knight’s brand new wife Nikki was sitting in the car safely when the accident happened, and it’s reported that she was still wearing her wedding dress.
“He said, ‘We’ve got to stop, it’s late and they need help,’ ” said Nikki Knight. “He was the type of person who was willing to put himself on the line and support you no matter what.”
According to reports, Nikki heard the thump sounds of the cars running over her husband and Darlington, but thought that the cars had run over some snow. She ran over to make sure that they were okay and was horrified to find the two had been struck. She could not find a pulse on either.
“I went from a being a newlywed to a widow in less than 48 hours - the highest high to the lowest low,” said Nikki. “It’s a blur.”
Linda Darlington was a first grade teacher at a local elementary school. Knight was a former U.S. Army Ranger and actively participated in Community Theater. Both Darlington and Knight were from the same town of Crown Point, Indiana, as were all three drivers involved in the accident. Knight reportedly leaves behind two young daughters, a stepdaughter, and a stepson.
Police say that no charges will be filed against any of the three drivers, as they have determined that it was a “tragic accident” due to weather conditions. All three drivers stayed at the scene following the accident.