Beloved ‘Batman’ impersonator who visited sick kids killed in highway crash
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A man known for visiting children in a hospital while dressed as Batman died in a crash on a Maryland highway after his Batmobile had engine trouble, authorities said Monday.
Police in Montgomery County, Md., said Lenny Robinson of Owings Mills, Md., was checking on the Batmobile while standing in the left lane of eastbound Interstate 70 on Sunday night when the car was hit by a Toyota Camry.
Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Camry was not injured.
“He was magic,” said Laurie Strongin, the founder of Hope for Henry, an organization that throws superhero parties for children in hospitals.
Robinson purchased a black Lamborghini, a Batman costume and superhero toys that he would hand out at children’s hospitals.
“He made so many kids so happy,” Stongin told The Washington Post. “When I asked him to do anything, he always said yes.”
In 2012, Robinson, 51, became a hit after he was pulled over for driving without a license plate.
He was dressed in full Batman costume when he was pulled over by police.