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Man who dressed up as Batman and visited sick children dies in tragic circumstances

Sad: Leonard Robinson
Sad: Leonard Robinson

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.

“He touched a lot of lives and made a lot of kids smile,” his brother Scott Robinson said. “That’s all he wanted to do.”

Robinson spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, his brother said, on his custom-made Batmobile, costumes and the memorabilia he handed out to children, always autographed “Batman.”