Widower’s agony over death of wife of 56 years ‘killed by £45m lotto winner in Christmas crash’

A WIDOWER has spoken out today about his agony after his wife of 56 years was allegedly killed by a lotto winner in a Christmas Day crash.

Racing-mad Matt Topham, who scooped £45 million aged 23, is alleged to have been at the wheel of his powerful BMW when he smashed into the Ford Fiesta carrying Mary Jane Regler, 75.

Matt and Cassey spent £600,000 on a petting zoo for her mum Jane
Matt Topham and wife Cassey pictured at the time of their win
Mr Topham allegedly crashed into Mary Jane Regler’s Ford Fiesta

Mr Topham is pictured driving a Jaguar in 2012[/caption]

Widower Rodney Regler told how late wife Mary – known to everyone as Jane – had been his “soul mate”.

The retired decorator said: “We were married 56 years. We were soul mates.”

In an obituary after her death, Jane’s family said she was a “much-loved wife, mum, nan and friend who will be sadly missed by all that knew her”.

Mr Topham became Britain’s youngest mega lottery winner in 2012.

He owns and races a fleet of Aston Martins.

Mr Topham was questioned by cops and charged over the death, which also left Ms Regler’s husband Rodney Regler with serious injuries.

It is believed Mr Topham had been visiting relatives in the Louth area of Lincolnshire before the smash near a village called North Cockerington last December 25.

The victims are also understood to have been returning home following a Christmas visit before the crash at 5.50pm.

The couple won the whopping £43million jackpot in 2012 and have two sons
They won £45 million in 2012

Mr Topham appeared in court via video link. He is pictured with his wife before he was charged[/caption]

Former painter and decorator Matt has reinvented himself as a racing driver and helicopter pilot
Mr Topham owns and races a fleet of Aston Martins
Cassey’s mum Jane runs the visitor site at Rushmoor Country Farm Park
Mr Topham bought this zoo for his mother-in-law

Despite being investigated by cops the ex-builder continued to race and won the Donnington GT Cup Championship this year in his own £240,000 Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

His racing website was mysteriously deleted last month.

He also owns his own helicopter and has a hangar at his Lincolnshire mansion.

The Sun told last week how seemingly happy Matt was still with wife Cassey and had spent £600,000 on a petting zoo for his wife’s mum Jane, including a raccoon dog and llamas.

His EuroMillions cash won in 2012 also helped buy horses, pigs, ducks and a falconry centre packed with barn owls, Gyr falcons, Harris Hawks and a sea eagle.

Jane – mum to Matt’s wife Cassey, 31 – runs the visitor site at Rushmoor Country Farm with other daughters Jade, 27 and Alicia, 22.

Both his siblings Samantha, 27, and brother Craig, 23 live in their own houses – with the elder’s house bought for her in cash by her brother and sister-in-law.

His dad, ex-decorator Brian, 76, has stayed put in the same £240,000 semi since his son’s win – but now lives mortgage free and drives a Porsche.

Mr Topham is accused of causing the death of Mary Jane Regler, and causing serious injury to Rodney Leslie Regler.

He appeared at Lincoln crown court by video link from his home on Thursday.

The indictment was not put to him and he has entered no pleas. The case was adjourned.


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