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A Baltimore businessman who achieved Internet fame by being known as the “Route 29 Batman” has died in a freak accident and the catalyst just so happened to be the Lamborghini he morphed into his Batmobile several years ago.

Reports The Washington Post:

The Route 29 Batman, whose roadside encounter with Montgomery County police three years ago made him a viral sensation around the world, has died.

Lenny B. Robinson, the 51-year-old Maryland man who drove a black Lamborghini and dressed as Batman to visit sick children in hospitals, was struck by a car on Interstate 70 Sunday night near Hagerstown, Md., after his Batmobile broke down. He was coming home from a car show in West Virginia.

Batman had just stopped at a gas station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, state police in Hagerstown said. Batman gave the kids some super hero paraphernalia before leaving about the same time as his new acquaintances. When they saw him pull over, they did the same.

Batman had engine trouble and stopped “partially in the fast lane,” according to a state police news release. He was checking the engine while standing in the eastbound fast lane. The Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry, whose driver was not injured.The Batmobile then hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

Being a superhero is a dangerous job and should only be left to the movies. R.I.P. to Mr. Robinson.

Photo: WTAE-TV Pittsburgh

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