7.15.2019

Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker dies at 55 in Virginia


Boxing legend  Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has been confirmed dead in a vehicle accident in Virginia Beach, Virginia yesterday the 14th of July 2019.

The Virginia Beach Police Department said that the 55-year-old who won Olympic gold and championship belts in four weight classes was hit by a vehicle around 10 p.m. ET on Sunday at an intersection west of downtown Virginia Beach and pronounced dead instantly.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene after the accident according to police, and the case is being investigated by the department's Fatal Accident Crash Team.
"The investigation is still ongoing," police spokesperson Linda Kuehn told USA TODAY Sports in an email. "However, it does not appear that drugs/alcohol or speed were factors in the crash."

Whitaker's youngest son, Devon, told The Virginian-Pilot on Monday morning that he believes his late father "was wearing dark clothes, the road was dark and the driver didn't see him."
Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker is survived by his wife and five children.

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