Late Sunday night, Batman’s Batmobile started having engine troubles on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown as he was making his way back from a car show in West Virginia. He tried to pull his car over to the shoulder, but was still partially in the fast lane when the car stopped. Batman, also known as Lenny Robinson from Owings Mills, was working on his car’s engine, standing in front of the vehicle. A Toyota Camry crashed into the Batmobile, which in turn ran over Mr. Robinson, tragically killing him at the scene. He was famous for dressing up as Batman and making appearance at schools to talk about bullying and at children’s hospitals. Maryland State Police are still investigating the accident to see if any charges need to be filed against the driver of the Toyota.
It is still too early to know the exact cause of the accident. It does appear that the fact that Mr. Robinson’s vehicle was still partly in lanes of traffic on the highway played a role in the crash. Police will have to find out if the driver of the Toyota was texting and driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, or doing some other dangerous activity. Any death that happens on a highway is tragic, but the death of Mr. Robinson is even more so upsetting to the Maryland community because of who he was and what he did. This accident is just another reminder for drivers on the shoulder that just because you are pulled over does not mean you are out of harm’s way. People are killed every day by other cars that strike them while they are on the shoulder of a highway. Anyone on the side of a highway must take proper safety precautions to make sure other drivers can see them (i.e. hazard lights on the car, wearing bright reflective clothing, standing as far away from the lanes of travel as possible, etc.)
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