Girlfriend, 22, ‘murdered 24-year-old lover by running him over in Ford Fiesta’ in Cheshire village

Girlfriend, 22, ‘murdered her 24-year-old lover by running him over in a Ford Fiesta’ in Cheshire village

  • Alice Wood accused of mowing down Ryan Watson as he walked on A533 road
  • She appeared at Chester Crown Court via video-link from HMP Styal on Friday 
  • Wood entered a not guilty plea, setting up a two-week trial starting November 7 

A 22-year-old woman has denied murdering her boyfriend after allegedly running him over with her Ford Fiesta Zetec as he was walking in a sleepy village in Cheshire. 

Alice Wood appeared at Chester Crown Court via video-link from HMP Styal on Friday, charged with the murder of Ryan Watson, 24, who was struck by the car in Rode Heath on May 6.

Police said Mr Watson – described as ‘extremely kind and caring’ by his family – was walking on the A533 Sandbach Road at around 11.40pm when he was hit by the vehicle. 

Wood, who wore a long-sleeved black top and made notes during the hearing, pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial which is expected to last two weeks starting November 7. 

Wood, of Cheadle, Staffordshire, was arrested following the collision and was initially released on bail before being rearrested and charged on May 26.

Two members of her family were in the public gallery for the hearing, while a loved one of Mr Watson sat with police officers on the other side of the courtroom.

Alice Wood (pictured) appeared at Chester Crown Court via video-link from HMP Styal on Friday, charged with the murder of Ryan Watson, 24, who was struck by the car in Rode Heath on May 6

Alice Wood (pictured) appeared at Chester Crown Court via video-link from HMP Styal on Friday, charged with the murder of Ryan Watson, 24, who was struck by the car in Rode Heath on May 6

Police said Ryan Watson (pictured) - described as 'extremely kind and caring' by his family - was walking on the A533 Sandbach Road at around 11.40pm when he was hit by the car

Police said Ryan Watson (pictured) – described as ‘extremely kind and caring’ by his family – was walking on the A533 Sandbach Road at around 11.40pm when he was hit by the car

Wood (pictured), who wore a long-sleeved black top and made notes during the hearing, pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial which is expected to last two weeks starting November 7

Wood (pictured), who wore a long-sleeved black top and made notes during the hearing, pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial which is expected to last two weeks starting November 7

Following his death, Mr Watson, of Rode Heath but originally from Staffordshire, was described as ‘an extremely kind and caring individual’.

In a statement, his family said: ‘Ryan was the light of all our lives and we will forever miss him and love him more than words can say.’

They added: ‘He was an extremely kind and caring individual who loved his family and friends. 

‘All his best friends and everyone he met will have wonderful lasting memories of laughter and great times.

‘Ryan was the life and soul of everything he did. He was passionate about his job which allowed him to help and care for others. 

‘Ryan will forever be in our hearts and never be forgotten.’ 

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