Groom's Memorial Service Held At Wedding Hall

William Knight was killed while helping a stranded motorist on his wedding night

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:21 AM CDT
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William Riley Knight and the woman he was trying to help were both killed Saturday night as they tried to cross a road. Knight had stopped to help Linda Darlington, whose car ended up in a ditch.  He was on his way home from his wedding reception at the time. Emily Florez reports.

William Riley Knight and the woman he was trying to help were both killed Saturday night as they tried to cross a road. Knight had stopped to help Linda Darlington, whose car ended up in a ditch. He was on his way home from his wedding reception at the time. Emily Florez reports.

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Memorial services for an Indiana man killed hours after getting married were held Thursday at the banquet hall where he and his wife wed.

William Knight was fatally struck by three vehicles Saturday night while helping local teacher Linda Darlington, whose vehicle had gone into a ditch on the shoulder of 109th Avenue near Lane Street. Knight and his new wife, Nikki Knight, were on their way to a hotel when they spotted the stranded motorist.

"He said, 'We’ve got to stop. It’s late and they need help,'" Nikki Knight said.

Knight and Darlington were struck first by a vehicle headed east on 109th and hit twice more by two vehicles trailing the first, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s office. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was the type of person who was willing to put himself on the line and support you no matter what,” she said.

Knight's memorial service was held at Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 Wicker Ave., in Cedar Lake, Ind., according to the Post-Tribune. The Knights first met at the banquet hall eight years ago and chose the location for their wedding.

Donations can be made in honor of Knight to Remember The Knights Survivorship Fund, in care of GDWI, 954 Eastport Centre Dr., Suite E, Valparaiso, IN 46383, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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