Known as the “Route 29 Batman,” Lenny B Robinson drove a custom-made Batmobile and dressed as the superhero to visit sick children in hospitals. He had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his costume and car in order to establish the alter ego and help kids.
Robinson was driving his custom-made Batmobile home from a car show in West Virginia, when he started experiencing car trouble on Interstate 70. He had pulled over, still partially in the fast lane according to reports, and was in the process of checking the engine when his car was struck by a Toyota Camry. His car then moved and hit him. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.
No charges have been filed as of this time, but the crash is still under investigation.
Robinson was associated with Hope for Henry, which is a Washinton D.C. organization that helps sick children. Laurie Strongin, mother of Henry and co-founder of the group, gave a comment on the tragedy.
He made so many kids happy. When I asked him to do anything, he always said yes.
Robinson never met Henry, but Strongin said that he always called her every year on his birthday.
The organization had just finished producing a video about Robinson’s program. It showed a little boy with leukemia dressed as batman, waiting outside a hospital. Then, Robinson showed up in his Batmobile and costume, gets out, and hugged the boy.
Robinson’s family and associates hope others become inspired by his deeds and try to help sick children as a tribute to his memory.
As Robinson’s brother said, “There will never be another Lenny Robinson.”
Below is the video that rocketed Robinson to viral fame.
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