Skydiver Killed by Fall Was NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson’s Brother-in-Law

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The veteran skydiver who died Sunday after his chute failed to open during a jump in eastern San Diego County was the brother-in-law of famed NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.

In a message posted on his website Monday, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion said his family was “saddened by the tragic passing” of his wife’s brother, identified by the county medical examiner as 27-year-old Jordan Janway, of San Diego.

“Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed,” the statement read. “Please keep the Janway family in your thoughts and prayers. The family asks for privacy at this time.”

Janway — an instructor at Skydive San Diego — was working on a tandem maneuver Sunday afternoon with another skydiver when the two collided, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He may have been knocked unconscious.

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