Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner has appeared in court for killing a grandmother in a car crash last Christmas.
Matt Topham, who won £ 45million at the age of 23, is said to have crashed his BMW against the Ford Fiesta of 75-year-old Mary Jane Regler.
Ms Regler’s husband Rodney, 78, who was driving, was seriously injured after the 5:50 p.m. incident near North Cockerington in Lincolnshire.
Topham, who had visited relatives in the area, was questioned and charged by police.
The millionaire, a former builder who owns a fleet of Aston Martins, spoke to confirm his identity and date of birth when he appeared via a video link at Lincoln Crown Court.
No charges were laid against the defendant and a judge adjourned the case to December 18. The trial is expected to begin in March.
Matt Topham (pictured with Cassey Carrington), who won £ 45million at the age of 23, is said to have crashed his BMW into the Ford Fiesta of 75-year-old Mary Jane Regler.
Topham, who had visited his family in the area, was questioned and charged by police
Ms Regler’s daughter-in-law wrote on Facebook after the death: “Suddenly death of someone you love is like getting punched in the face. “
She added: “It takes a while to record what really happened before it starts to hurt.
“The bruises and the lasting effects, both physically and psychologically, will be with you forever.
It emerged last week that Topham had bought his stepmother a £ 600,000 petting zoo as a Christmas present.
Jane, the mother of his wife Cassey, now owns and operates the visitors’ site at Rushmoor Country Farm Park in Louth with her daughters Jade, 27, and Alicia, 22.
Topham and Cassey have been busy spending money since they got their fortune in February 2012.
The couple, both 31, also used the jackpot to fill the zoo with horses, pigs, dwarf goats, llamas and ducks.
And they also had money available to buy a falconry center, housing falcons, hawks, barn owls, and a sea eagle.
Jane, Cassey’s mother, runs the visitor site at Rushmoor Country Farm Park (pictured) in Louth, Lincs, with her daughters Jade, 27 and Alicia, 22.
The Tophams spent the money on themselves, but the generous couple also bought luxury cars, homes, and vacations for family and friends.
A friend told The Sun: “They seem to have learned how to be lottery millionaires – they know how to have fun.
“If her mother-in-law wanted a zoo, why not buy her one?” He can afford it. It’s nice to see a couple win the lottery for once.
Topham had been a painter and decorator, but since his victory he has trained as a helicopter pilot and racing pilot.
The car enthusiast won a Donington GT Cup Championship race in his £ 240,000 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 last month.
It’s one of the many cars he owns, including a Jaguar XKR-S, Range Rover Evoque, Porsche and Aston Martin DB9.
After winning EuroMillions, the then newlyweds, who lived in a former £ 89,950 council house in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, said they would buy a ‘dream house’.
The couple won the EuroMillions jackpot eight years ago, when the then newlyweds lived in a former £ 89,950 council house in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire.
Neighbors described the house as being “very out of character for the area” and looking like “a collection of turtles”
They bought a 1930s mansion for £ 1.2million – which they planned to demolish to make way for a new home, an eight-bedroom £ 5million eco-home named ‘Serenity’.
But their proposals, which included a soundproof cinema, botanical garden and swimming pool, raised eyebrows from neighbors who accused them of “bad taste.”
Proposals submitted to the local authority at the time included four wings or “hubs” covered with solar panels, a spectacular staircase inside and a ten-car garage.
The vehicles would be hidden by a cascade of rainwater, which would flow from a pool in the center of the mansion to a second pool below.
The couple have also embarked on luxury cars, homes and vacations for family and friends.