Tragic news broke yesterday that 51-year-old Batman impersonator Leonard Robinson of Owings Mills, Maryland died in a car accident Sunday night around 10:30 pm. Leonard was reportedly checking the engine of his red and black Batmobile replica along the side of the eastbound I-70 when he was struck and killed by a Toyota Camry which also side-swiped his car. The driver of the Camry was unharmed.
Robinson became an internet sensation in 2012 when video surfaced of him getting pulled over by police in his black Lamborghini dressed as the Dark Knight. The modern-day Bruce Wayne was known for visiting children in hospitals and reportedly spent more than $25,000 per year on Batman-themed toys, books and games which he gave away to sick kids.
It's a devastating loss for the people of Maryland and the countless children and families he's touched, but also serves as a reminder that the world needs more people like Robinson who stand for something much greater than themselves.
DC Comics sent out a tweet Monday expressing their sympathies to Robinson's family in a touching tribute to the Route 29 Batman:
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 (@DCComics) August 18, 2015
Below is the original video which brought Robinson national attention: