'This was just an accident'

(UPDATED with full story) Well-liked 24-year-old local man killed in train accident
Scott Seitz2
Jul 8, 2013


A Greenwich man was found dead Saturday morning, the apparent victim of a train accident.

According to Greenwich police chief Steve Dorsey, a CSX train engineer discovered the body across the tracks about 8 a.m.

The victim is Zachary Magill, 24, of 95 Kniffin St.

Dorsey said Magill was last seen walking home from a local bar about 3:15 a.m.

His body was found behind the Versitech building on the north end of the village, where the railroad tracks divide, next to a power utility site, near Pierce and Kniffin streets, not far from Magill’s residence, the chief said.

Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood has sent the body for an autopsy and toxicology tests.

Dorsey said more information will be released when it becomes available.

Clay Magill, Zachary’s older brother, said Sunday the family is trying to hold it together.

“I guess you could say, for the circumstances, we’re getting by and being as strong as we can,” Clay said.

The family is upset,” he added. “This is very hard.”

Clay said Zachary didn’t walk by those railroad tracks on his way home too often.

“This was just an accident,” he said. “Just an accident."

Zach was everybody’s friend,” Clay added. “I don’t know of a single person who didn’t like him.

“He was an avid outdoorsman,” he said. “He loved riding his four-wheeler and also deer hunting. We worked on the family farm together. He loved farming, that’s all he wanted to do.”

Zach Magill was a 2007 graduate of South Central High School.

He also was the drummer for the County Line Band and loved his family, friends, his dog Holly and anything outdoors, especially four-wheeling and deer hunting.

“He will absolutely be missed by everyone,” Clay said.

Zach Magill was born November 22, 1988 in Norwalk and was a lifelong resident of Greenwich.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his mother and step-father, Jamie (Larry) Fletcher of Milan; his father, Kelly Magill (Deb Montgomery) of Greenwich; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Connie Oney of Greenwich; paternal grandparents, Chuck Magill of Shiloh and Pat McKenzie of Greenwich; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ripley Church, 4130 South Edwards Road, Greenwich and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Pastor Bob Hudberg of the Foundation Church officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenwich Greenlawn Cemetery.

Eastman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reflector correspondent Heather Chapin-Fowler contributed to this story.



RIP Zach you will truly be missed <3


Probably the dude Dominique left with, and the Hubby caught!
Who knowns in Greenwich?
Cops probably let him go!

chelsea kimble

@UJagoff, Zach did not, and would not have left with Dominique. He was simply walking home when he was hit by a train. Plain and simple! RIP Zach you will forever be missed, loved and remembered! Prayers for Jamie, Kelley, and Clay


Thank you, Chelsea. The jokes about Zach and the girl who went missing are not even remotely funny to his family and everyone else who loved him. I know it's easy to make jokes anonymously about people you don't know, but please remember that your comments affect those he left behind. He was a wonderful, caring person and we will all miss him.


Way too young. My condolences to his family and friends.


RIP Zach
Prayers to the family and friends (many friends)


Good for you. Ujagoff for being a dip sh!+. RIP ZACH


What a tragedy. Praying for his family and friends.