Boxing legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker killed in Virginia Beach crash

Boxing legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker killed in Virginia Beach crash
Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, from Virginia Beach, Va., lifts his arms and signs to his supporters after defending his title with an 11th round TKO against Diobelys Hurtado from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, at the Atlantic City Convention Hall Ballroom Jan. 24, 1997. Whitaker will make at least $6 million for his WBC welterweight title defense against Oscar De La Hoya on pay-per-view outdoors at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (Source: AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Beach police say boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was hit and killed by a vehicle Sunday night, WAVY reports.

Police were called to the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road around 10 p.m.

Police say Whitaker, 55, died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene following the accident, police say.

The westbound lanes of Northampton Boulevard were closed as police investigated.

Whitaker was a world champion in four weight classes during his boxing career and a gold medalist for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics.

He participated in several “superfights” in the ‘90s. His major fights included a majority draw against Julio Cesar Chavez and a decision loss against Oscar de la Hoya – both seen as controversial outcomes.

At one time, Whitaker was known as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

He was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

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