Alice Wood, a woman who intentionally drove her car into her fiancé, Ryan Watson, and dragged him over 150m along a road, has been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison for his murder. The incident occurred after an argument following a party in May 2022. Wood, who was found guilty at Chester Crown Court, claimed the incident was a tragic accident.
The couple had attended a party with staff and service users of the brain injury charity Headway, where Watson worked as a support worker. At the party, Watson was seen interacting with another woman, which reportedly angered Wood.
The tension between the couple escalated over an argument about who would drive home. Wood told the court that Watson accused her of flirting with other men. Back at their home in Rode Heath, Wood got into her car as Watson walked around the vehicle. Neighbors reported hearing shouting, doors slamming, and a car engine revving.
Wood then used her car to attack Watson, driving at him three times. The third time, she dragged him under the vehicle for 158m before stopping and asking a nearby resident to call an ambulance.
Following her conviction, Watson’s family expressed their grief over his violent death and stated that no sentence would be long enough for what Wood had taken from them.