Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker, Hall of Fame Boxer, Dies After Being Hit by Vehicle

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Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker (R) of Norfolk, Virginia, spars with Zabiel Judah at Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, April 7, 1997. (Reuters).

Boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker died on July 14 after he was hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, police said.

The Virginia Beach police department said in a press release following the incident that they received a call at 10:04 p.m. on July 14 for a vehicle/pedestrian accident near the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road in Virginia Beach. 

“When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle. The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene,” the statement from the police department read. “The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police.”

The case is still under investigation by the Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT), police said. 

Whitaker, who was also known as…

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