A young builder died after driving in the wrong lane in front of an oncoming lorry, an inquest heard last week.
Charles Glancy, 22, was driving his Volkswagen Passat westbound on the A5120 heading towards Toddington when the tragic collision took place on September 16 2015.
While turning a bend on Harlington Road, Mr Glancy’s car crossed into the eastbound lane directly in front of the Volvo lorry.
In a statement, lorry driver Matthew Westwood said: “To my horror I saw a pair of car headlights coming straight towards me in my lane.
“It was difficult to judge the speed of the oncoming vehicle ... I had no time at all to react.
“I will never forget the sound of the dull thud as the car hit my vehicle.”
Following reports of the incident at 6.25am, ambulance attended the scene and Mr Glancy, of Preston Road, Toddington, was pronounced dead at 6.46am.
A postmortem found traces of alcohol and drugs in Mr Glancy’s system, including cocaine, diazepam and MDMA.
A police investigation revealed Mr Glancy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Reaching his conclusion at last Wednesday’s inquest at Ampthill, senior coroner Tom Osborne said: “The evidence I’ve heard is that the heavy goods vehicle was driving in the easterly direction, He was driving appropriately.
“Mr Glancy hadn’t got his seatbelt on. There were traces of drugs and alcohol that may have contributed to loss of concentration.
“I record a conclusion that Mr Glancy died as a result of a road traffic collision ... The exact details as to what happened we will never know.”
Mr Osborne described the collision as a tragic accident and offered his condolences to Mr Glancy’s family as the hearing finished.