By Harry Allison
Hall of Fame boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker died last night after being struck by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was 55.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said that a man was hit by a vehicle around 10 p.m. ET 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.
“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.”