Lenny B. Robinson who dressed as the Batman and visited hundreds of sick children in hospital was tragically killed in an interstate incident on Sunday.
Lenny first came to the media’s attention when the police pulled him over in his black custom Lamborghini on Route 29 in March of 2012. The car had the bat symbol for number plates and the driver was dressed in a full Batman costume. The police couldn’t believe what they were seeing but he was breaking no laws and he received no ticket.
The whole episode was captured by the Police car dashboard camera and found its way onto the internet where it went viral around the world. You can watch the original video below.
Lenny, aged 51, was a business man from Baltimore that had made a small fortune by selling a cleaning company that he had started as a teenager. With the proceeds he bought himself a custom built leather Batman costume that cost an amazing $5,000.
Hope for Henry, a D.C. organization that helps sick children used the superhero image to bring joy and Lenny was one of the stars. He would visit sick children in different hospitals, bringing them gifts in the guise of Batman merchandise which he himself had purchased. The books that were given out were always autographed, “Batman”.
Lenny spent a reported $25,000 a year on toys and gifts for children. Sometimes his son would accompany him dressed as Batman’s famous sidekick, Robin.
On Sunday 16th August, Lenny’s Batmobile broke down with engine trouble on an unlit section of the Interstate 70. Despite pulling over, he was unfortunately still partially in the fast lane. Whilst trying to to check the car for problems another vehicle collided with the Batmobile which unfortunately crushed Lenny and he died at the scene.
Thanks to The Washington Post