In 2012, Lenny B. Robinson made national news when he was pulled over by Maryland Montgomery County police for driving his Batmobile without tags. The MCPD even released video of the stop it was such a big thing. The Washington Post has reported that the 51-year-old Robinson was struck and killed by a car.
On Interstate 70, he was struck by a car near Hagerstown, MD after his Batmobile broke down on his way back from a car show in West Virginia. He was experiencing engine trouble and had pulled over with the car “partially in the fast lane.” The Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry, which caused the broken down car to hit Robinson. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Camry was not injured. So far no charges have been filed, but the crash is under investigation.
Robinson lived outside of Baltimore and after doing well in the cleaning business, he purchased the car and costume and embarked on his journey. Robinson would dress as Batman and drive his Lamborghini “Batmobile” to charity events and visit sick children in hospitals. He was known for giving out superhero paraphernalia to kids to help brighten their day. Robinson worked closely with Hope for Henry, a D.C. organization that helps sick children. His story went viral when the stop in Maryland started to make its way around social networks.
It’s a very sad loss of someone who put a smile on so many faces. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.