ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — A motorcyclist died after hitting a couch sitting in the middle of eastbound I-10 late Friday night. 

The accident happened near mile marker 858 near Rose City around 10:45 p.m. Friday, July 19, Texas DPS Sgt. David Hendry said in a news release. 

John Franklin Martin, 42, of Buna, was riding a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the inside lane of eastbound I-10 when he hit the couch in the roadway, throwing him off the bike, Hendry said. 

He was taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital in Beaumont and pronounced dead a short time later. He was not wearing a helmet when the crash happened, Hendry said. 

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