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Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker, 55, dies after being hit by a car in Virginia Beach

Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker, 55, dies after being hit by a car in Virginia

  • The accident took place in an intersection just after 10.04pm Sunday
  • A family member identified the victim as Whitaker, local station WTKR reported
  •  The driver stayed on the scene to speak with police and it is unclear whether he was arrested as the investigation is ongoing
  • Whitaker is a Virginia Beach native known internationally for his boxing career
  • Over his three-decade career, Whitaker won championships in four WBC weight classes: Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight and Light middleweight 
  • He took home a gold medal for the US at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
  • He retired in 2001 and joined the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006Whitaker holds up a photograph of himself looking victorious in the ring during the Solid Gold Autograph show in Seacaucus, New Jersey, in March 2010

Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker has died aged 55 after being struck by a car in his hometown of Virginia Beach. 

Authorities responded to reports of an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road just after 10.04pm Sunday. 

Officers found the man who had been struck by a car and was seriously injured. He later died, and a family member confirmed the victim was Whitaker, WTKR reported.  

The crash is still under investigation. The driver stayed on the scene to speak with police and it is unclear whether he was arrested.  

Pernell ' Sweet Pea' Whitaker was killed on Sunday night after he was struck by a car in Virginia Beach. The boxing legend (pictured in 1989) was 55 years old when he died
Whitaker was an amateur and professional boxer for more than 30 years before his retirement in 2001. He is seen above at a press event in 2011 while he was a trainer for Zab Judah
Authorities responded to reports of an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road (above) just after 10.04pm Sunday. Whitaker was pronounced dead soon after
Whitaker is seen after winning a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
Whitaker is seen (left) during an epic 1993 bout with Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez (right), which ended in a majority draw after two judges inexplicably scored the fight even
During his career, Whitaker (right) took on some of boxing's biggest names, including Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Oscar De La Hoya (left during a 1997 fight in Las Vegas)
Whitaker is pictured at the ESPY Awards in 2000, the year before his retirement

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Comment by Michael Thomas on July 17, 2019 at 11:32am

These are the only details. There's nothing more  ?? The man was a great boxer. shouldn't there be more to this story?

Comment by John on July 16, 2019 at 11:17pm

he will be missed

Comment by AV Redwood on July 16, 2019 at 4:47pm
Robert your comment is beyond stupid
Comment by Omar on July 16, 2019 at 12:54am
REST IN POWER SWEET PEA. Another brotha gone too soon from a motor vehicle related accident.
Comment by Robert on July 15, 2019 at 1:28pm
So tragic and sad ,people really must remember not to expect car drivers to see them.
People really need to pay attention when walking near streets.
Comment by Cee Gee on July 15, 2019 at 12:44pm

Oh wow!  Tragic loss. Condolences to the family.

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