Lenny B. Robinson, the 51-year-old Maryland man who drove a black Lamborghini and dressed as Batman to visit sick children in hospitals, was struck by a car on Interstate 70 Sunday night near Hagerstown, Md., after his Batmobile broke down. He was coming home from a car show in West Virginia.
Robinson had just stopped at a gas station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, state police in Hagerstown said. Robinson gave the kids some Batman toys and goodies before leaving about the same time as his new acquaintances. When they saw him pull over, they did the same.
Batman had engine trouble and stopped “partially in the fast lane,” according to a state police news release. He had the hood of the Batmobile open and was checking the engine; a Toyota Camray struck the Batmobile, which in turn struck the Batman, who was killed almost instantly.
No charges have been filed, and the crash is still under investigation.
The world discovered the Route 29 Batman in 2012. Police in Silver Spring, Maryland pulled him over because of the Batman license plates on his exotic black Batmobile, and the video went viral overnight. Robinson had made his fortune with his cleaning business, and used his wealth to recreate the persona of the Batman, visiting hospitals and charity events to bring toys and memorabilia to children with cancer all over Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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