Jimmie Johnson's brother-in-law dies in skydiving accident

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Updated: 3/31/2014 12:25 pm
San Diego, Calif. (NBC San Diego) -- Jordan Janway died in a midair collision while sky diving Sunday. Janway was the brother-in-law of NASCAR'S Jimmie Johnson.

Janway was training other skydiving employees at Skydive San Diego and collided with his partner while practicing a maneuver called tracking, said owner of the skydive business, Buzz Fink. The other jumper involved in the collision was unharmed and able to land safely. Fink believes that Janway was knocked unconscious and unable to open his parachute.

Janway, 27, had over 1,000 dives throughout his career. Because of his experience he was not required to jump with a chip that will manually open the chute if it's not pulled.

"We do well over 100,000 jumps a year, and we pride ourselves on our safety and everything we do as far as our equipment, our airplanes," Fink said. "However, it is skydiving and things can happen and generally you do everything we can to prevent it."

According to NBC San Diego Janway is being remembered by friends and fellow jumpers as an easygoing guy who was friends with anyone he met.

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