Unsolved Murders

Alice State

Age: unknown

Sex: female

Date: 23 Aug 1923

Place: Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Alice State was run over by a grey touring car.

A large grey car was seen travelling around 30-35mph along the Uxbridge Road through Shepherds Bush around midnight and knocking Alice State over whilst she was crossing the street and then increasing its speed and driving off whilst people shouted for it to stop.

Another person that had seen Alice State get run over said that he had seen Alice State crossing the road very slowly when the large grey touring car flashed by and struck her. He said that the car sped off and didn't swerve at all but just went off in a straight line.

A witness said that the man driving the car had been hatless. It was also said that there had been two other people in the car when it happened, one of whom had been a woman sitting in the back.

A policeman who saw the incident hailed a taxicab and tried to overtake the grey car but it got away and the police were unable to subsequently trace it down.

The policeman said that it was impossible to read the number plate because of a bright red light.

It was thought that some of her injuries might have been caused by the car driving over her.

She was initially identified as Alice Carver but her identity was later confirmed as being Alice State. Alice State had been keeping house for a man who had adopted her when she was 8.

Alice State was said to be a charwoman and was described as being rather dull of hearing and went about the streets in a rather careless sort of way.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


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