*Why is it that so many of the people doing good are taken away, and so many of those not are still hanging around? Three years ago a man named Lenny B. Robinson who spent his time in a Baltimore neighborhood as “Batman” – using his own Lamborghini as a Batmobile – to entertain children, became a viral sensation after a roadside encounter with Montgomery County police. Now, the same car he used to make the neighborhood happy, is the one he was killed in after a horrible crash.
Robinson, 51, was a Maryland resident who found joy in dressing up as the most well-known superhero worldwide and visiting sick children in hospitals. But on Sunday, as he was returning home from a car show in West Virginia, his ‘Batmobile’ broke down and it was struck by another car on Interstate 70.
Robinson, dressed as Batman, is said to have just stopped at a gas station; where there was a family there with kids who were checking out his custom-made car, according to state police in Hagerstown. “Batman” gave the kids some super hero paraphernalia before he left.
But at some point Batman had engine trouble and stopped “partially in the fast lane,” according to a state police news release. He was checking the engine while standing in the eastbound fast lane; where his Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Camry was not injured. But the Batmobile hit Robinson and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.
Robinson was the former owner of a cleaning business. It was this money that he used, after selling the business, to purchase his Batmobile and fund his new venture as a superhero to sick kids.
And while his encounter with police brought him a citation for having a Bat-license on his Batmobile, as opposed to a real license; the cops who pulled him over did not let him get away without taking a picture with him (that’s probably why he was just given a citation as opposed to a real ticket!).
The Dark Knight’s encounter with law enforcement began turning up in millions of Facebook news feeds. The episode even made it into a Jimmy Fallon monologue.
Robinson got a real kick out of making children happy and would go to Children’s Hospital, where there were kids with tubes in their noses, and IVs in their arms to hand out Batman books, rubber Batman symbol bracelets, and other toys.
“I’m just doing it for the kids,” he would say.
“Batman” had a close relationship with a D. C. organization that helps sick children called Hope for Henry, a D.C. It was founded by Laurie Strongin and Allen Goldberg after their son Henry died from a rare disease, and the group threw super hero parties in hospitals.
Batman was always the star.
“He made so many kids so happy,” Strongin said. “When I asked him to do anything, he always said yes.”
Batman had never met Henry.
“But he called me every year on his birthday,” Strongin said.
No doubt these children will be devastated. RIP Batman.
Read more about this generous soul here and watch the moving video report directly below.