Leonard Robinson, AKA “Baltimore Batman,” died Sunday after being struck by a car on a Maryland highway. He was 51. According to the AP, Robinson had engine trouble with his Batmobile on the eastbound I-70 in Maryland when a Toyota Camry struck his car. Robinson became an viral media in 2012, when police pulled over his custom-made Batmobile (below) on Maryland’s Route 29. Dressed in full Batman gear, video of the traffic stop went viral, racking up millions of views on YouTube as well as Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList. It later it came to light that Robinson was known for dressing up like Batman to visit sick children in local hospitals. He spent nearly $25,000 a year on Batman toys and memorabilia, which he then distributed to the kids he visited.
“Eventually, it sinks in and you become him. It feels like I have a responsibility that’s beyond a normal person. And that responsibility is to be there for the kids, to be strong for them, and to make them smile as much as I can.”
His younger brother, Scott Robinson, told the Washington Post after his death;
“He touched a lot of lives and made a lot of kids smile. That’s all he wanted to do.”
More than any onscreen guy in a cape, this man was a real-life hero that did more good than anyone will ever know. RIP, Baltimore Batman.
(via Us Weekly)