Jimmie Johnson's brother-in-law dies in skydiving accident in SD
MAR 31, 2014 4:01p ET
Jordan Janway, the 27-year-old brother-in-law of NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, died after a mid-air collision while skydiving in San Diego on Sunday. Janway was 27.
The Jimmie Johnson foundation released the following statement:
"The Johnsons are saddened by the tragic passing of Chandra's brother, Jordan Janway, 27. Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed. Please keep the Janway family in your thoughts and prayers. The family asks for privacy at this time."
A contract employee of Skydive San Diego, Janway had completed over 1,000 jumps, but reportedly collided with his jump partner while attempting an aerial maneuver called tracking. The other jumper landed successfully, but Janway was reported missing at 4:10 p.m. and his body was found by a sherriff's helicopter just before 5 p.m.
"He was unable to deploy his parachute, probably because he was incapacitated after he hit the other jumper," said Buzz Fink, owner of Skydive San Diego.
According to reports, the jumper who survived was wearing a reserve parachute that is set record speed and altitude, and will automatically open if an emergency is detected. Although Janway owned the Cybernetic Parachute Release System (CYPRES), Fink said it was recently sent in for maintenance.