Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker Dies In Virginia

Boxing champ killed in car accident.

(Virginia Beach, VA) — Boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is dead after he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach. Police say Whitaker was hit by a pickup truck last night at an intersection west of downtown Virginia Beach. The 55-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver stayed on the scene and was interviewed by police. Police say the investigation is ongoing. Whitaker won the Olympic gold in 1984 and had championship belts in four weight classes. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.