John Courtney Heath, 33, of 624 Jackson St., was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:30 p.m., according to Floyd County Deputy Coroner Tony Cooper, just minutes after the 4:25 p.m. wreck.
Heath sustained visible trauma to the head and chest, Cooper said. An official cause of death will be determined through autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations crime lab in Summerville, he added.
According to Rome police Pfc. Mike Simmons, the Polk County man was going west on Hicks Drive when he rounded the corner near Hooters Restaurant and traveled into an eastbound lane, colliding with the truck, a Chevrolet C30 driven by 29-year-old Robert Bailey of Rome.
Simmons said he is still investigating why Heath drifted into the opposite lane but noted that preliminary reports indicate he was at fault for the collision, the most recent in a string of motorcycle wrecks in which drivers were seriously injured or killed.
One rider was killed in April when his motorcycle was rear-ended on Ga. 293, and another was seriously injured when a driver swerved onto his lane on Redmond Road. Last Wednesday, a Cedartown man was fatally injured when a car made a left turn across the path of his motorcycle on Shorter Avenue at Coker Drive.