A driver twice over the drink driving limit and high on drugs died along with a teenage dad who was a passenger in his car when he caused a head-on crash, an inquest heard.
Also in the car were Alfie Beerknowles and teenage dad Aiden Reece Welch-Dingle, 16, from Trewoon, Cornwall, and none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
Mr Commander, a local Tarmac worker, was driving the Vauxhall Corsa down Goverseth Hill from Foxhole towards the village of Nanpean at around 3.30pm on September 20, 2020, when he crashed.
On a final left-hand bend he crossed over the centre of the carriageway and smashed into an oncoming Jaguar F-PACE which was driven by Darren Leonard, a home carer who was on his way to see a client in Foxhole.
Coroner Stephen Covell said prior to the crash the Corsa had been driven at a speed “excessive to the road conditions” and had crossed into the centre of the road at an earlier bend to cut one of the corners.
Mr Commander died at the scene while Mr Welch-Dingle was taken to hospital but went into cardiac arrest died.
A toxicological investigation into Mr Welch-Dingle blood revealed no significant findings.
Mr Covell concluded that both casualties died as a result of a road traffic collision they could not have survived from.
He stated that the drugs and alcohol will have compromised Mr Commander’s driving skill and judgement and he had considered whether Mr Welch-Dingle’s death should be classed as an unlawful killing.
However, he concluded that the circumstances didn’t satisfy the test for gross negligence manslaughter.
After his death last year, friends and family of Mr Welch-Dingle posted heartbreaking tributes to him online.
His girlfriend and the mother of his son, Kelsey Perryman, said she was “lost” without her “smart, funny, caring and gorgeous boy”.
She said: “Morning gorgeous, I miss you so much I still can’t wrap it around my head that you’re gone forever I’m so lost without you.
“You had no idea how loved you were. I lay here awake staring at nothing hoping you’re going to message me ‘hey’ like you did all the time.
“Why did you have to leave early why then you had so much to live for, your gorgeous boy definitely knows something is up I asked him where’s daddy and he smiled like he does showing all his teeth, making that funny face and looked up.
“You’ve done me so proud and I wish I told you before you left. I wish I got to say goodbye. I just wanna hold you and tell you I love you. This pain I’m feeling is never gonna go. I can’t stop seeing your face everywhere you only said to me the day before ‘I want you only you ’til the day I die’.
“I took that for granted, you kept your promise though darling and I’m gonna keep that forever. Please party hard up there, everyone is so damn proud of the lad you were – a smart, funny, caring, gorgeous boy.
“It don’t feel real you not being here it’s like I’m stuck in a nightmare I can’t wait to see you on the other side and tell you all about my life and your son’s life.
“He was so lucky to have you as his dad and I was even luckier to call you mine and spend two years with you so many memories kept, you’re always gonna be with me always gonna be in my heart and head.
“I’m broken, even had to sleep in my mum’s bed and I haven’t done that since I was little . I’d do anything to bring you back, absolutely anything, you’re are such a gorgeous soul. Rest easy baby until we meet again.”