Murder Conviction for Woman Who Used Car as a Weapon

Rode Heath, Cheshire, UK – Alice Wood, 23, has been found guilty of murder after using her car as a weapon to kill her fiance, Ryan Watson, aged 24. The incident occurred near their home in Rode Heath, Cheshire, following a heated argument at a party.

During the trial at Chester Crown Court, evidence revealed that Wood had driven at Mr. Watson multiple times after he allegedly “clicked” with another woman at the party. The victim was dragged for nearly 160 meters underneath the car, resulting in his tragic death.

Wood had initially denied the charges of murder and manslaughter, claiming that Mr. Watson’s death was a “tragic accident.” However, the jury’s unanimous decision held her accountable for the crime.

The prosecution shared that tension between the couple, fueled by alcohol, had escalated into an argument over who would drive home. Wood ultimately made the decision to drive, and as Mr. Watson walked around the car, neighbors reported hearing shouting, doors slamming, and the sound of a car engine revving.

CCTV footage captured the haunting moment when Wood reversed her car towards Mr. Watson, before driving at him again and ultimately dragging him underneath the vehicle. Following the incident, Wood displayed no emotion as the jury convicted her of murder.

The judge informed Wood that the law prescribed a life imprisonment sentence, further adding that she may never be released. Wood’s sentencing is scheduled for January 29, as Mr. Watson’s family shared their sentiments, stating, “No sentence is going to be long enough for what she has taken from us and Ryan.” They emphasized that the consequences of Wood’s actions have left a lasting impact on their lives.

The tragic case serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of using a vehicle as a weapon, particularly while under the influence. Det Insp Nigel Parr highlighted that Wood’s decision to use her car in such a manner, compounded by her refusal to take accountability for her actions, resulted in irreparable harm.