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Boxing legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker fatally struck by car

Boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker died after being hit by a car in Virginia, according to police.The Hall of Famer, who won world titles in four weight divisions, was hit in Virginia Beach just after 10 p.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead at the scene, Virginia Beach police said in a statement.“I guess he was wearing dark clothes, the road was dark and the driver didn’t see him,” his 23-year-old son, Devon Whitaker, told the Virginian-Pilot.

Whitaker, 55, grew up in Norfolk and won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 before earning world titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight divisions.

Cops said the boxing great “succumbed to his injuries on the scene.” The driver remained at the scene.“This remains an active investigation,” the department said in its statement.

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Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker fatally struck by car


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