The Bibb County coroner says he's started a fund to cremate a homeless man who died after being hit by a car last week.

Coroner Leon Jones say funeral director Milton Heard of Hart's Mortuary has agreed to cremate Arthur Pinish, but has not given him an exact price.

He says DFACS will pay $700 to cremate an indigent person, but Jones wants to avoid a long wait for those funds.

Jones says anybody who wants to contribute to the fund can send checks, made out to Hart's Mortuary, to the coroner's office at 111 Third Street, Macon.

He says he and his wife have made the first donation to the fund, $200.

The corner says the last time he raised funds to cremate a homeless person, the cost was about $1,350 and Jones returned about $900 in unused donations.