A man who went around in character as Batman and drove a replica of the Batmobile was killed in a roadside incident Sunday in Maryland, the AP reports.
“Leonard B. Robinson, 51, of Owings Mills, was returning from a weekend festival in South Charleston, West Virginia, when he was struck by a Toyota Camry at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday near the unincorporated community of Big Pool, about 90 miles west of Baltimore,” the AP reports. “Robinson had pulled his car onto the median, with the passenger side partly in the traffic lane, police said.”
Robinson, who previously drove a black Lamborghini representing the Batmobile, traded it in a few years ago for a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s “Batman” TV show. He was reportedly stopped next to the fast lane on Interstate 70 to check the engine on the Batmobile.
The driver of the Camry was uninjured in the collision, in which he reportedly sideswiped the Batmobile. He has not been charged, the AP report notes.
Known as the “Lamborghini Batman” or the “Route 29 Batman,” Robinson visited children at hospitals and charity events while dressed as Batman.
Robinson “gained national attention in 2012 when a dashcam video surfaced of police in Silver Spring, Maryland, pulling him over while he was driving his black Lamborghini — not the Batmobile replica — dressed as Batman,” the AP reports. “Robinson traded the Lamborghini for the Batmobile later that year.”