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Homeless man killed on I-16 ramp identified and coroner seeks permission to cremate body

This homeless man who as hit by a car Friday died Sunday at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. He was identified Monday as 75-year-old Arthur Panish, who has ties to New York.
This homeless man who as hit by a car Friday died Sunday at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. He was identified Monday as 75-year-old Arthur Panish, who has ties to New York. lfabian@macon.com

Fingerprints led to the identity of a homeless man who died Sunday after being hit on the Interstate 16 entrance ramp Friday night.

Arthur Panish, 75, suffered fatal injuries as he tried to cross at North Avenue, also referred to as Gray Highway, near a McDonald's.

Although many people saw him on the streets, those who offered to help him were usually rebuffed.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones is now trying to find family members of Panish, who is believed to have lived in New York at one time.

Jones is seeking a court order to have his remains cremated because storing bodies costs the county $100 per day, and there are not enough funds in the budget for long-term storage, he said.

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