Route 29 Batman Dies

Published: August 18, 2015

Route 29 Batman Dies, Maryland bid goodbye to a superhero, when Leonard B. Robinson, the “Route 29 Batman,” was struck in a fatal car accident Sunday.

Robinson’s “Batmobile,” a custom Lamborghini, broke down on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Md. Robinson, often dressed up as the Dark Knight and visited area hospitals to visit sick children. He was on his way home from a car show when the accident occurred.

The details of Robinson’s accident paint a picture of a tragedy: The Batmobile was experiencing engine troubles, so the 51-year-old Maryland native pulled over. His car was still partially in the eastbound passing lane when it was struck by a Toyota Camry, slamming Robinson’s car into him. The Camry’s driver was uninjured. Robinson was pronounced dead on scene. No charges have been filed, and Maryland State Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Robinson burst into the national limelight in 2012, when he was pulled over by police on U.S 29 near Silver Spring, Md. The police dash cam displayed a humorous exchange as Robinson explained to police that his vehicle tags were inside his vehicle. A simple license plate would not do for the Batmobile; it was outfitted with a bat symbol.

“Robinson was a good sport about the traffic stop and took photos with the officers before he left,” the Montgomery County, Md., police said in a statement issued Monday. “Good-old fashioned handshakes and laughter completed the roadside encounter and Robinson was on his way.”

The Montgomery County police release also paid tribute to Robinson: “When we replay the traffic-stop video, we smile and laugh, fondly remembering the day that MCP met a real superhero. We hope that the Dark Knight’s bright light shines on.”

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