Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, Paul Walker’s girlfriend, may have been much younger than him, but the pair had a very strong relationship.
Some people are saying Pilchard-Gosnell was too young at age 16 to start dating Walker. The pair had been together for seven years when Walker died on November 30, making her 23. Walker was 40.
A source that knows the couple told Yahoo! that “Although the age difference was surprising at first, they proved naysayers wrong.”
“They really cared deeply about each other,” the source added.
Walker’s girlfriend was with him for a time at the event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide on Saturday. Walker left the event in a car that friend Roger Rodas was driving, which crashed into a light pole and trees and killed both of them.
Jim Torp, who worked at Always Evolving, the auto shop and racing company that Walker and Rodas co-owned, said he told Pilchard-Gosnell after he received the news, and she collapsed.
Torp said that he believes Pilchard-Gosnell is the one who later broke the news to Meadow Walker, Paul’s 15-year-old daughter.
“I believe she is the one who told Meadow about what happened, and when she found out she was hysterical and crying,” Torp said. “It was just so sad. I tried to do everything I could to help them. Paul’s girlfriend then took Meadow and drove her home. I don’t know if they drove to crash site. I just know they were in so much anguish.”
Pilchard-Gosnell went to Walker’s home this week and appeared to still be taking the loss pretty hard.
Funeral plans for Walker haven’t been announced yet.