LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL. (THECOUNT) — Rockie Wade Gist, of Florence, Alabama, has been identified as the victim in a Saturday morning motorcycle crash in Lauderdale County.

Gist, 44, was killed in a motorcycle crash near Florence early Saturday morning.


According to Alabama State Troopers, Gist was operating a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R motorcycle on AL-157 near Florence, when for unknown reasons, the bike crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The bike then made contact with a bridge.

Gist was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Gist:

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Lauderdale County is a county located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 92,709. Its county seat is Florence. Its name is in honor of Colonel James Lauderdale, of Tennessee – Wikipedia.