Real-Life Batman Killed In Highway Crash

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A real-life superhero was killed Sunday in a car crash in Maryland: Lenny B. Robinson, who was known for driving around in a Batmobile (a modified black Lamborghini) while decked out in full Caped Crusader costume to visit children in hospitals. His death occurred Sunday on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, MD, the Washington Post reports.

According to news accounts, Robinson, 51, had pulled over "partially in the fast lane" in order to check his malfunctioning engine. His Batmobile was subsequently hit by a Toyota Camry, which pushed the Batmobile toward Robinson, ultimately killing him. The accident is still under investigation.

In 2012, Robinson made news when police pulled him over on Route 29 in Silver Spring, MD — he was driving a black Lamborghini decked out with a license plate sporting the Batman symbol, while clad head-to-toe in full Bat-garb. The "Route 29 Batman" subsequently became an Internet sensation, and the Post unveiled him as a do-gooding citizen who visited sick children in hospitals, where he handed out Batman toys.

He reportedly worked with Hope for Henry, a Washington, D.C., organization that assists kids with cancer and other serious illnesses. Of Robinson, founder Laurie Strongin told the Washington Post, "He was magic."
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