A Maryland man nicknamed “Lamborghini Batman” – for his Caped Crusader costume and the car he used to give rides to children with life-threatening illnesses – was killed August 16 by the side of the road after his car broke down.
Lenny Robinson, also known as “Route 29 Batman,” pulled over into the center median of an unlit stretch of Maryland highway after some engine trouble around 10:30 pm that night, reports the Washington Post; a bystander whose kids had just met Robinson as Batman parked behind him and put his flashers on.
Police say Robinson, who’d got out of the car to check the engine, had the Batmobile parked “partially in the fast lane” when it was struck by a Toyota Camry, which drove into the 51-year-old. He died at the scene. No charges have been filed against the Camry driver.
Robinson made a small fortune working in the cleaning business, which he used to buy a black Lamborghini Gallardo and, later, a replica of the ’60s-era Batmobile, an as-good-as-the-movies Dark Knight costume, and memorabilia he would give to the sick children he visited at hospitals around the region.
Robinson never sought out media attention but became famous three years ago after being pulled over by police for a problem with his Bat-logo-emblazoned licence plate; his identity was shortly after revealed by a Washington Post report.