Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jimmie Johnson's brother-in-law killed in mid-air skydiving collision: Report

The skydiver found dead after a collision with another parachutist in eastern San Diego County on Sunday has been identified as the brother-in-law of six-time NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.

Jordan Janway died while skydiving with two others at Jamul, the county medical examiner's office says in a statement Monday.

The 27-year-old Janway collided with one of the other jumpers during a freefall, and failed to open his parachute and fell to the ground.

Janway was the younger brother of Johnson's wife, Chandra. The couple acknowledged the death in a post on JimmieJohnson.com.

Skydive San Diego owner Buzz Fink told the website of KNSD-TV Janway was an experienced skydiving instructor with more than 1,000 jumps. He said Janway apparently collided with another skydiver in midair while practicing a maneuver and was knocked unconscious, leaving him unable to open his parachute.

The accident happened Sunday around 4:30 p.m. PT, which would have come several hours after Johnson finished second at Martinsville Speedway.  Janway's body was found at 5:15pm.

The last death at the center occurred about five years ago when a man was tangled in his chute and hit his head on a rock when he landed, reported  UT-San Diego.

The Johnsons' statement asks for prayers and privacy.

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