Boxing champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker died Sunday after he was struck by a automobile whereas crossing a busy intersection in Virginia Seaside, the town’s police division introduced Monday.
He was 55.
Round 10 p.m. Sunday, police had been referred to as to the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Street, the place they noticed a person mendacity within the intersection. He was pronounced useless on the scene.
Based on police, the particular person driving the automobile stayed and talked with officers. It is unclear if that particular person will face any expenses.
Whitaker wasn’t recognized initially, however family and friends took to social media to say Whitaker was the one who was struck by the automobile, and police confirmed his identification Monday morning.
Whitaker was a world champion within the light-weight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions. He received the gold medal on the 1984 Olympics within the light-weight division.
His profession spanned from 1984-2001 and he confronted the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Casar Chavez.
When Whitaker retired in 2001, he had a 40-4-1 report as an expert, with one no contest and 17 knockouts. He was inducted in to the Boxing Corridor of Fame in 2006, his first yr of eligibility.