Train Victim Identified as Harleysville Resident

The victim's wife filed a missing person report with Souderton Borough Police.

The victim in Friday's train death in Lansdale has been identified as Daniel G. Guinette, 52, of the 600 block of Hammersmyth Court, Harleysville, Lower Salford Township.

Dr. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said his wife, Holly, gave the county "more than enough information to identify him."

Hofman said Guinette, a national account manager with Unisource, a marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business imaging papers, died of multiple injuries.

Hofman confirmed it was a suicide.

"There are circumstances that document why this occurred," Hofman said.

He said Guinette's wife filed a missing persons report with Souderton Police.

"Lansdale hooked up with that agency late Friday or early Saturday morning. By Saturday morning, we had spoken with the wife and issued a death certificate, and issued the body to a funeral home," Hofman said.

Hofman did not know how or why Guinette was in Lansdale at the time of his death.

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lansdale anonymous August 01, 2011 at 05:40 PM
so tony runs a picture of this poor guy's body on friday, AND spells his name wrong today? that would almost be funny if it wasn't so incredibly disrespectful...
James Webb August 01, 2011 at 06:49 PM
@lansdale anonymous it seems you come on here to just bash this online newspaper. if you dont like it, dont read it. go read that other drek in lansdale. and at least have the intestinal fortitude to sign up with your real name. kudos to mr. monaghan for doing the same.
James Webb August 01, 2011 at 06:51 PM
and believe me, if the distorter was on the scene, they would have captured the same shot of the man on the tracks. and ran it front page. just like the captured the shot of lt. schmitz on his front porch after shooting his son. nice respect there.
Will Simcox August 01, 2011 at 07:02 PM
The man is covered and it's a reporter job to be at the scene of a breaking story. Well done, it's about time we have a decent local news source.
onevinestreet August 01, 2011 at 08:03 PM
I have no problem with the photo - the man is covered. I'm sure the deceased had the dignity of his death on his mind as the train was coming.
Diane Di Domizio August 01, 2011 at 08:43 PM
To Mr. Monaghan and Lansdale Anonymous Really? This is news whether you like it or not. Do you not watch local news on T.V. or turn it off when they show these types of things. Reality this is what people look at. Patch is trying to be an online news source and the Reporter shows things like this all the time.
Donna Mengel August 02, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Tony- thank you for being the first one to break this news story and provide the name of the victim. For those of us that work in the field of Social Work and Mental Health, we panic when a news alert goes out without a named victim. Colleagues in our field quickly clammer to check with one another and review client/patient loads for status and accountability of those that are independent in the community and yet, vunerable. It has been almost 2 days waiting for a confirm identification of the victim. Though it is heartbreak and tradegy for the family and friends of the victim- the news is necessary for us and and often our only means to be a first or secondary responder for identification. Again- thank you for breaking the news first! Donna Mengel
Tony Di Domizio (Editor) August 02, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Dear Readers/Commenters, This article and every article on Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch is open for public comment and debate between those of opposing sides, be it related to a correspondent or editor or not. I am not one to censor anything that everyone has a Constitutional right to do. I will continue to do my job as an experienced reporter and editor in bringing you news and events from our North Penn region. Thank you all for reading Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch.
LDALE August 02, 2011 at 04:13 PM
LDALE August 02, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Tony~ well put
Tony Di Domizio (Editor) August 02, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Kevin, Thank you for reposting previously deleted comments. Other administrators on this site are able to delete comments. I believe in practicing what you preach. Thank you for reading the site.
onevinestreet August 02, 2011 at 08:40 PM
I would like to thank Daniel Guinette - he is the inspiration for this banter!
Nicollette August 03, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I typed in my uncles name hoping to see his beautiful face, maybe a business card picture from a previous employer..... wishful thinking :' ( i come across this instead.... please let my uncle rest in peace. Uncle Danny I love you more than anything in this world. Our hearts hurt more then you could ever imagine. I am so sorry for not knowing your pain. I am so sorry i did not get the chance to tell you how much you mean to me or how much i look up to you. please take down all pics of his last hour.... i dont know what my Nana would do.... this hurts way to much....please... My sister, his God daughter could never see this Please, he is my family and this is tearing us apart : ( please!
Tim Baker September 21, 2011 at 03:08 AM
God bless you Nicollette. I knew your uncle for a brief period and was shocked to hear this news. May your family be at peace knowing there are many people like me that remember your uncle Dan as a good person, and will keep your family in our prayers.


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