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August 18, 2015

Car Crash Kills Md. Man Who Portrayed Batman for Charity

A charity volunteer who gained fame for visiting sick children in full Batman regalia died Sunday night when a car slammed into his replica Batmobile by the side of a Maryland highway, The Washington Post and the Associated Press report. Lenny B. Robinson had pulled onto the median of an unlit stretch of Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Md., with engine trouble when his custom-made vehicle, still partially in the fast line, was struck by another car, state police said.

Mr. Robinson, 51, of Owings Mills, Md., adopted the Caped Crusader persona in 2001, regularly visiting hospitals, schools, and charity events and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years on his car, outfit, and gifts for the children, according to his family members. He drew national attention in 2012 when a video of his costumed encounter with police during a traffic stop prompted by his Batman-emblazoned license plates became an online sensation.