Boxing Champ Pernell Whitaker Dies; Hit by Car in Virginia

The driver of the car remained on the scene, and police said they were investigating the circumstances of the death.

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Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car. The driver of the car remained on the scene, and police said they were investigating the circumstances of the death. Sweet Pea was Whitaker’s nickname, and it fit…

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