Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, Paul Walker’s Girlfriend, ‘Leaned’ on Family During Actor’s Funeral: Says Report

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
December 20, 2013 Updated: December 21, 2013

Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, the girlfriend of killed actor Paul Walker, leaned on Walker’s family several days ago during his funeral, while on Thursday, an official said that there was no evidence of mechanical issues in the car crash that killed him.

A ceremony for Walker, who starred in the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, was held over the weekend. His brother, daughter, and other family members were reportedly in attendance.

“The funeral was only attended by those who knew Paul personally. It was very private and was more of a celebration of his life than anything,” a source told ShowbizSpy.

Actors Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez also attended the funeral.

“Nonetheless, everyone was in tears and his girlfriend stayed with his family the whole time. His family and cast members were there, along with those who worked closely with Paul on his many projects and considered him to be a friend,” the source, who was not named, told the website, adding: “Afterwards, his mother had a small reception that was attended by just his immediate family and a few costars from The Fast and The Furious.”

Previous reports suggested that Pilchard-Gosnell was to get married to him.

“There’s no doubt he was planning on marrying her when she was ready. He knew she was young and had her own things she wanted to achieve, but he always said she was worth the wait,” an insider said, according to Hollywood Life.

Pilchard-Gosnell reportedly was also involved in Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide. “She encouraged him down that path, which gave him immense satisfaction,” a source said.

Pilchard-Gosnell’s uncle, told the Metro: “Paul was a really good guy and Jasmine is broken up by this. I went to Thanksgiving with him, played golf with him. They had their ups and downs but they were together and looking to spend a bright future together.” He added: “This is horrible news and unexpected. Her mother is with her and she is comforting her.”

On Thursday, investigators said they found no evidence that the Porsche carrying Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed.

The investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions as causing the car in which Walker was a passenger to slam into a light pole and tree.

The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, is notoriously hard to handle.

“We’re looking at speed and speed alone,” a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas.

Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t firm up that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors.

The official would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.