Boxing great Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker killed after being hit by car

Retired boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea”¬†Whitaker, who held world titles at four weight classes, has been killed after being hit by a car, Virginia Beach police said Monday.

An emergency call came in Sunday night about a vehicle-pedestrian accident and when officers arrived at the scene they located an adult male who was hit by a vehicle, police said in a news release.

Whitaker, 55, of Norfolk, Va., was identified as the victim. Police said he died at the scene.