A SHEPLEY man killed in a horror crash had drunk over twice the legal limit of alcohol, an inquest heard.
The hearing at Huddersfield yesterday was told 25-year-old Michael Wilson had the equivalent of 13 pints of beer in his system when his car collided with an oil tanker at Marsh Lane crossroads in Shepley.
The hearing was told it was still a mystery where Mr Wilson was going when he drove away from his home on Marsh Lane at 7am on April 6 this year.
Mr Wilson, a chef at the Three Acres pub at Shelley, had been out drinking with colleagues in Huddersfield the night before, as one of his fellow chefs was leaving.
He got a taxi back to Shelley from Huddersfield nightclub Tokyo after 3.30am on April 6.
He went to the Three Acres pub and phoned one of his colleagues, Alexander Elmenreich, to come downstairs for a chat.
He said Mr Wilson had obviously been drinking and he and two female colleagues persuaded him to stay in one of the pub's spare rooms. But as they approached the room, Mr Wilson changed his mind and decided to drive home.
The coroner said toxicology tests showed Mr Wilson had 198 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millitres of blood - over twice the legal limit of 80 milligrams.
Mr Wilson drove home and left his car there. His mother Mary, who was on holiday at the time of the accident, said they later found his computer had been switched on and his mobile phone left next to it.
A neighbour had seen Mr Wilson set off in his mother's car, a green Peugeot, just before 7am on April 6.
He travelled up Marsh Lane to the crossroads with Penistone Road.
Witness Andrew Bottomley, of Manor Rise in Newsome, was travelling in the direction of New Mill on Penistone Road.
He saw Mr Wilson's car edge out of Marsh Lane.
He then saw an articulated Volvo oil tanker approaching on Penistone Road, travelling towards Shepley.
He said: "My first thought was that the wagon is going to hit that car. It pulled towards the middle of the road slightly to manoeuvre round it. The car set off again and the wagon had nowhere to go."
West Yorkshire Police accident investigator John Green told the hearing that the cab of the lorry first struck the driver's side of the Peugeot.
Both vehicles crashed through a wall and into a field.
Coroner Roger Whittaker said the pathologist's report showed Mr Wilson would have died almost instantly from a fracture to the base of his skull, caused when the wagon's cab hit his car.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, the coroner said there was nothing the tanker driver, Netherton man Wayne Hooper, could have done to prevent the accident.
He told him: "You should not blame yourself. The main contributory factor in this incident was alcohol in excess. It is an abject lesson in how alcohol can affect the judgement of drivers.
"Once again we have the tragedy of a young man whose death was unnecessary."