The brother in-law of NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson died Sunday as the result of a skydiving accident reports KNSD-TV.
Jordan Janway, 27, was a skydiving instructor with more than 1,000 jumps of experience. On Sunday, Janway 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. Pacific, which would have come several hours after Johnson finished second at Martinsville Speedway.
Janway was the younger brother of Johnson’s wife, Chandra. The following message was posted on Johnson’s official website.
“The Johnsons are saddened by the tragic passing of Chandra’s brother, Jordan Janway, 27,” the post said. “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.”
Janway’s employer said that a chip which would have automatically deployed his parachute was undergoing maintenance and was not with him on Sunday. He was not required to use the chip due to his experience level and opted to go without it on Sunday.