By all accounts, Lenny Robinson was just the kind of guy you’d want driving a Batmobile: He used it almost exclusively to bring joy to kids who were suffering through debilitating illness. Saturday night, when his Batmobile broke down on Interstate 70 near Big Pool in Washington County, he was killed when his car was struck by a Toyota Camry.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Laurie Strongin, who founded the Hope for Henry Foundation, a Washington nonprofit that provided services and comfort for the area’s sickest children, said that when Robinson entered a room in full Batman regalia, sick children would light up.
“He would come into the hospital and transform the place,” she said. “When he was there, the kids would forget they were sick; they would forget they were in the hospital. He brought so much joy and happiness into their lives.”
The circumstances surrounding the crash lay out the worst possible scenario for a disabled car. At around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, Robinson’s Batmobile replica broke down on Interstate 70. State Police say that Robinson was standing in the fast lane and checking the engine when he and his vehicle were struck by a Toyota Camry.
Robinson owned a cleaning business, according to the Washington Post. In addition to the Batmobile, he spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on the costume and Batman giveaways like toys, t-shirts and books that he would hand out to kids on his visits.
“He touched a lot of lives and made a lot of kids smile,” his brother Scott Robinson told the Post. “That’s all he wanted to do.”
Robinson received national attention in 2012 when he was pulled over by police near Washington, DC in a Lamborghini while dressed as the Caped Crusader on his way to visit kids: