Motorcyclist killed in Cocke County

A Florida motorcyclist died Friday afternoon in a collision with a pickup truck on Rock Hill Road in Cocke County.

Trooper Andrew Marotta of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the 5:31 pm crash involved a 1999 Harley Davidson operated by Thomas McCaslin, 58, Hope Sound, FL. and a 2016 GMC truck operated by Scottie Hooper, 49, Newport.

The motorcycle was northbound when McCaslin lost control, slid across the centerline and struck the Hooper vehicle. The cycle then slid off the roadway.

McCaslin died at the scene, and the body was transported to the Newport Medical Center by the Newport Rescue Squad.

Trooper Marotta said McCaslin was wearing a helmet, and testing will be conducted to determine if drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No citations were issued.