Every now and then, we get the opportunity to bring you a story of someone who is inspired by comic books to do something good in their community, and Lenny Robinson was one of those people. We covered his story back in 2012, when a video appeared online of Robinson, in full Batman costume, being pulled over for a lack of proper tags on his Batman-themed Lamborghini, and what seemed like a funny story quickly turned into an uplifting one when it was revealed that Robinson was on his way to a hospital to visit sick children while dressed as a superhero. It was something he did frequently, becoming something of a local celebrity brightening up a hospital stay with autographed Batman-themed gifts.

Now, that uplifting story has come to a very tragic end. On Sunday night, Robinson died in a car accident. He was 51 years old.


Photo by Allen Goldberg


As reported by the Washington Post, Robinson was returning from a car show in West Virginia in a custom-made Batmobile when the accident occurred. He was generous until the end:


Robinson had just stopped at a gas station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, Maryland state police in Hagerstown said. Robinson gave the kids some superhero paraphernalia before leaving about the same time as his new acquaintances.


The Post reports that Robinson was killed when his vehicle was struck by another car while Robinson was outside the vehicle, checking his engine.

In addition to local hospitals in the Baltimore area, Robinson also worked closely with the Hope For Henry Foundation.