Jimmie Johnson's in-law dies in skydiving accident

Jimmie Johnson's in-law dies in skydiving accident

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Feb 22, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and his crew chief Chad Knaus during the practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 5:15 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A skydiver found dead after a collision with another parachutist in eastern San Diego County has been identified as the 27-year-old brother-in-law of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.

The county medical examiner's office says in a statement Monday that Jordan Jor-El Janway died Sunday while skydiving with two others at Jamul. Janway collided with one of the other jumpers during freefall, failed to open his parachute and impacted the ground.

A statement posted on Johnson's website says Janway was the brother of Johnson's wife, Chandra. The statement asks for prayers and privacy.

Skydive San Diego owner Buzz Fink told reporters the victim was a veteran of more than 1,000 jumps.

The medical examiner has yet to schedule an examination of the body.

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