Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, a retired boxer, who held world titles in four weight classes died, Monday, July, 15th, from injuries sustained after being hit by the car, according to PilotOnline.
Police said that on Sunday night, July 14th, there was an emergency call about a vehicle-pedestrian accident and when officers arrived at the scene, they discovered an adult man had been hit by a pickup in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
55-year-old Whitaker from Norfolk, Va., was identified as the victim. Police said he died at the scene.
The vehicle’s driver stayed at the scene, police said.
Whitaker’s son, Devon, told the Virginian-Pilot, “I guess he was wearing dark clothes, the road was dark and the driver didn’t see him.”
The police were still investigating the incident.
Tributes began to pour in for “Sweet Pea” as news broke about his death.
On my NY public access TV show “Max on Boxing” (1989-1998), I talked Pernell Whitaker more than any other fighter; it was basically the Pernell Whitaker show. He was the pound for pound best for half a decade, and one of the 3 greatest pure boxers who ever lived. RIP Sweet Pea.
— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) July 15, 2019
Rest in eternal peace Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker – IMO the greatest defensive fighter of all time 🙏 pic.twitter.com/55KnItMmSq
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 15, 2019
Whitaker was a four-time world boxing champion with a lightweight, lightweight welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight title wins.
Ring magazine and America’s Boxing Writers Association named Whitaker the year’s fighter in 1989. From 1993 to 1997, Ring magazine also regarded one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers.
In 2006, Whitaker was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
He finished his 40-4-1 career with 17 knockouts. He lost his last bout to Carlos Boujorquez in 2001 via a technical knockout.
He continued as a trainer in Virginia after retiring from the sport. He was the head trainer for Zab Judah, a former welterweight champion.