‘Maryland Batman’ Dead at 51


Lenny B. Robinson may not have actually been Batman, but to many whose lives he touched, he was a hero.

Often dressing as the Dark Knight and tooling around in his custom-built Batmobile, Robinson made a name for himself by visiting sick children in local hospitals and making public appearances to bring smiles to their faces.

Sadly, on his way home from a car show, Robinson was struck and killed by another driver.

"Robinson had just stopped at a gas station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, Maryland state police in Hagerstown said. Robinson gave the kids some superhero paraphernalia before leaving about the same time as his new acquaintances. When they saw him pull over, they did the same and witnessed the 10:30 p.m. accident, state police said.Robinson was having engine trouble and stopped “partially in the fast lane,” according to a state police news release. He was checking the engine when the Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry. The Batmobile then hit him. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene."

A very sad day indeed.

Here’s the video of the 2012 traffic stop that initially made Robinson a national story.

"Robinson, who lived outside of Baltimore, had cleaned up in the cleaning business, making enough money to buy his own Batmobile, a costume that seemed more real than the one in the movies, and toys and memorabilia that he handed out to children with cancer at hospitals all over Maryland and the District.On one visit to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, Batman reflected on the health of his own three children. “We’re lucky,” he said.At Children’s Hospital, there were kids with tubes in their noses, with IVs in their arms. Batman handed out gifts: books, rubber symbol bracelets and other toys."

Lenny B. Robinson was 51. RIP.

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Source: Washington Post

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