Husband of gran killed in car crash with Lotto winner ‘doesn’t hold grudges’

The husband of a woman killed in a car crash with Britain's youngest Mega Lottery winner has spoken of “the great hole” her loss has left.

Matt Topham, who scooped £45million in 2012, was charged in September with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury as a result of dangerous driving after the tragedy.

He was behind the wheel of a BMW when he allegedly smashed into the Ford Fiesta carrying Mary Jane Regler, 75, on Christmas Day 2019 in North Cockerington, Lincolnshire.

Mrs Regler died and her husband, Rodney, 78, who was driving, was seriously injured.

He told the Daily Mirror: “We were soulmates. I’ve got a great hole here that will never be filled.

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“I had quite a few injuries but I got over them. I’m left with a gammy leg but that’s it.”

When told of Mr Topham’s EuroMillions windfall, he responded: “I had no idea.

“I couldn’t care less that he was a lottery winner. What will happen in court will happen in court, and that will be for the court to decide.

"But I don’t hold grudges, I get on with my life, get myself better and do what I do.”

Mrs Regler, who used the name Jane, lived with her husband in North Cockerington.

She was taken to Grimsby Hospital after the collision but tragically died from her injuries.

In an obituary in her local newspaper in February, her family said she had been "tragically taken" from them.

They described her as a "much-loved wife, mum, nan and friend who will be sadly missed by all that knew her".

Her daughter-in-law posted on Facebook after her death: "The sudden death of someone you love is like being punched in the face.

"It takes a while to register what's actually happened before it properly starts to hurt.

"The bruises and the lasting effects, both physically and psychologically, are going to be with you forever."

Hundreds of mourners wearing bright colours turned out for her funeral at Alford Crematorium.

Mr Topham and wife Casey went public with their EuroMillions win and hit the ­headlines after planning to build a ­“Teletubbies” mansion.

The couple have also splashed out on luxury cars, houses and holidays for family and friends.

It emerged last week he had bought his mother-in-law a £600,000 petting zoo.

The dad-of-three appeared via video-link at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday, November 12.

The indictment was not put to him and he entered no pleas, with the case adjourned.

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