Lenny Robinson, locally known as “Batman,” died after he was struck by traffic when his car broke down on the side of the highway.
According to a USA TODAY news report, Robinson’s “Batmobile,” a custom Lamborghini, broke down on Interstate 70 the night of August 16, 2015.
He often dressed up as the Dark Knight and visited sick children in area hospitals. He was on his way home from a car show when the accident occurred.
Officials say Robinson, 51, pulled over when his car was experiencing engine troubles. His car was still partially in the eastbound passing lane when it was struck by a Toyota Camry.
The force of the collision slammed Robinson’s car into him. The driver of the Camry was not injured. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed pending an official investigation by the Maryland State Police.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Lenny Robinson for their tragic loss. Robinson was beloved by the local community particularly for the lengths he went to in order to come across to sick children as a genuine Batman.
He was apparently a fixture at charity events as well. Tragic!
Safety Reminder For Drivers
Whether you have a flat tire or mechanical problems with your car, it is important that you are extremely careful when you have any type of roadside emergency.
Practicing smart roadside safety techniques can be a matter of life and death in such situations:
- Move to safety. Get the vehicle out of the way and to a safe spot. Do not get out of your vehicle before you have done so. If you have a tire blowout or a flat, move your vehicle to a safer place out of harm’s way even if it means destroying your car’s wheel.
- Call for help. If your car won’t start, stay inside the vehicle and use your cell phone to call for help.
- Be prepared. Carry flags, flares or reflective triangles in your vehicle so you can mark your location in the event of an emergency, even during the day. Always turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to warn other drivers.
Carry roadside safety kits for emergencies. A comprehensive kit will include jumper cables, canned instant tire inflator, heavy-duty rope and a first-aid kit.