Tuesday 17 October 2017

Batman impersonator dies in 'batmobile' crash

Leonard Robinson, dressed as Batman, visits Mattie Dillon on the pediatrics floor of Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children's Hospital in Charleston, W.Va. (Kenny Kemp/The Charleston Gazette via AP)
Leonard Robinson, dressed as Batman, visits Mattie Dillon on the pediatrics floor of Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children's Hospital in Charleston, W.Va. (Kenny Kemp/The Charleston Gazette via AP)
Leonard Robinson performs at SummerFest in South Charleston, W.Va. (Linda Weekley via AP)

A man known for dressing as Batman to visit children in hospital has died in a crash on a US road after his Batmobile had engine trouble.

Police say 51-year-old Leonard Robinson of Maryland was checking the engine of his Batmobile while standing in the fast lane of an interstate highway on Sunday when the car was hit by a Toyota Camry.

The Camry's driver wasn't injured.

Mr Robinson was known for travelling in costume to hospitals in the Baltimore-Washington area and gained national attention in 2012 when dashcam video surfaced of police pulling him over as he drove his Batmobile.

The Washington Post reported in 2012 that Robinson spent more than 25,000 dollars (£16,000) of his own money on Batman-related items every year, including toys, T-shirts and books he gave away to children.

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