WBC Welterweight Champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, from Virginia Beach, Va., lifts his arms and signs to his supporters after defending his title with an 11th round TKO against Diobelys Hurtado from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, at the Atlantic City Convention Hall Ballroom Jan. 24, 1997. 

Former professional boxing champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker was hit by a vehicle and killed on Sunday night in Virginia Beach.

Whitaker, 55, was a four-weight world champion, having won titles in four different weight classes. In 1989, he was named fighter of the year by "The Ring" magazine.

Whitaker was born in Norfolk.

Virginia Beach police said in a news release that a call came in at 10:04 p.m. Sunday for a pedestrian hit at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. Officers arrived to find Whitaker, who had been hit by a vehicle and succumb to his injuries at the scene.

Police said the investigation is still active.

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