A Maryland man who delighted thousands of children by impersonating Batman at hospitals and charity events died when he was hit by a car while standing in the fast lane of Interstate 70, checking the engine of his custom-made Batmobile, police said Monday.
Leonard B. Robinson, 51, of Owings Mills, was returning from a weekend festival in South Charleston, W.Va., when he was struck by a Toyota Camry at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday near the unincorporated community of Big Pool, about 145 kilometres west of Baltimore.
Robinson had pulled his car onto the median, with the passenger side partly in the traffic lane, police said.
Ryan Duncan gets his arm autographed by Leonard Robinson dressed as Batman during a visit at the Morris Memorial Day Care in Kanawha City, W.Va., on Aug. 14, 2015. (F. Brian Ferguson/The Charleston Gazette/Associated Press)
Police said the Camry also sideswiped the red-and-black Batmobile, a replica of the car used in the 1960s Batman television show. The Camry driver, a 39-year-old man from Charlottesville, Va., wasn’t hurt and hasn’t been charged.
Police said Robinson’s car was uninsured and wore a Maryland licence, “4BATMAN,” that was issued to another vehicle.
Robinson, co-owner of an appliance repair business in Falls Church, Va., began visiting hospitalized children in 2001, masquerading as his son’s favourite superhero, according to Robinson’s website.
He gained national attention in 2012 when dashcam video surfaced of police…