Lenny Robinson, the man who became an internet sensation as the Route 29 Batman, has been struck and killed just outside of Hagerstown, Maryland. Robinson made headlines a couple of years ago after being pulled over by the police in costume in his customized Lamborghini in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the videos went viral. He started a charity, SuperHeroes for Kids, where he would dress up as Batman and visit ill and terminally ill children in the hospital. He was 51 years old.
Robinson was a Baltimore businessman who owned a replica ’66 Batmobile, and would drive them around to inspire sick children in the Baltimore area for the last 14 years. He would also visit schools to talk about bullying. He traded his Lamborghini for the Batmobile in 2012, and while traveling from Idaho where he picked it up he passed out Batman toys to hundreds of kids in children’s hospitals along the way.
Robinson was on his way back from a car show in West Virginia when his Batmobile broke down on Interstate 70. Police say he stopped “partially in the fast lane” to check the engine when a Toyota Camry hit his Batmobile, which then hit him. He was killed instantly. He had just stopped at a gas station where he handed out toys to some children. They left the gas station at the same time, and when they saw him pull over they did the same and witnessed the accident. The accident is under investigation, but as yet no charges have been filed.
“He touched a lot of lives and made a lot of kids smile,” his younger brother Scott Robinson said. “That’s all he wanted to do.”
Robinson spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his Batmobile and Batman suit, as well as the Batman memorabilia he handed out to children, always autographed “Batman”. Robinson worked closely with the charity Hope for Henry, founded by Laurie Strongin and Allen Goldberg after their son Henry died from a rare disease. He was an inspiration to so many children, and there will never be another Lenny Robinson.
[Source: Washington Post]