7:54am PT by the Associated Press
Batman Impersonator Killed While Checking Batmobile Engine Trouble
Authorities say a man known for visiting hospitalized children dressed as Batman died in a crash on a western Maryland highway after his Batmobile had engine trouble.
Police say 51-year-old Leonard Robinson of Owings Mills was checking the engine of his Batmobile while standing in the fast lane of eastbound I-70 Sunday night when the car with hit by a Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Camry wasn't injured.
The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. near the unincorporated community of Big Pool.
On Monday, DC Comics tweeted a tribute to Robinson: "Our thoughts are with the family & friends of Leonard Robinson, aka Route 29 Batman, who shared his love of Batman with everyone around him."
Robinson was known for traveling in costume to hospitals in the Baltimore-Washington area and gained national attention in 2012 when dashcam video surfaced of police pulling him over while he was driving his Batmobile.
The Washington Post reported in 2012 that Robinson spent more than $25,000 of his own money on Batman-related items every year, including toys, T-shirts and books he gave away to kids.
DC's tweet is below. The viral 2012 stunt can also be seen below.
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of Leonard Robinson, aka Route 29 Batman, who shared his love of Batman with everyone around him.— DC Comics (@DCComics) August 18, 2015