Hall of Fame boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker died Sunday after being struck by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was 55.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said in that a man was hit by a vehicle around 10 p.m. ET on Sunday at an intersection west of downtown Virginia Beach and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police later identified the victim as Whitaker, who won world titles in four divisions during his career and also earned a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene after the accident, according to police, and the case is being investigated by the department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team.