(BALTIMORE) — The famed “Route 29 Batman,” who drove his “Batmobile” in full costume to visit sick children, was struck and killed by a car on a western Maryland highway, authorities said.
Lenny B. Robinson, 51 — known as the “Route 29 Batman” for the road where he was pulled over for driving his car with Batman symbol license plates — was hit Sunday night after experiencing engine trouble, according to Maryland State Police.
Robinson was standing in the fast lane of I-70 to check his engine when he and his custom Lamborghini were struck by a Toyota Camry, police said.
The father of three, who dressed in full costume, gained attention in 2012 after he was pulled over on Route 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland, for his license plate, a Batman symbol.
Dashcam video of the incident went viral.
Robinson, a businessman from Baltimore County, visited sick children in hospitals and helped save the day by lifting spirits and spending thousands of dollars of his own money on Batman-related items, according to the Washington Post.
His interest in Batman began in 2000, when his son became obsessed with the superhero.
“He’s a superhero, but he doesn’t have any superpowers,” Robinson told ABC News in 2012. “We all can be Batman.”
ABC accompanied Robinson to a 2012 hospital visit, in which he admitted his Batman persona has improved his own life, along with the lives of children he visits. Calling himself more likable since he became Batman, Robinson said his new focus was on helping others.
“Think about that every day –- getting better,” he said to the kids during the visit. “You are the real superheroes.”
No charges have been filed in the Sunday crash.
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