Suicide note found at site of fiery car crash; driver sentenced to 20 years

Tanner John Talley
Tanner John Talley

A 22-year-old Warner Robins man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in a Jones County car crash.

Tanner John Talley also pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault during his plea hearing in Jones County Superior Court, District Attorney Steve Bradley said.

Talley was driving toward Milledgeville on Ga. 49 about a mile from the intersection with Ga. 18 on July 1, 2014, when he crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Earnest Jones Sr., Bradley said.

Jones was headed back to his home in Macon after visiting his daughter in Milledgeville.

Bradley said testing found cocaine and marijuana in Talley’s blood, and authorities discovered a suicide note at the crash site.

The note, which Talley contended he didn’t write near the time of the crash, said Talley wanted to go out in a “fiery” crash.

“It was a very dramatic, very fiery crash,” he said.

During his plea hearing, Talley apologized to the Jones family and said no one should drive “inebriated,” Bradley said.

Amy Leigh Womack: 478-744-4398, @awomackmacon