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Local hero ‘Route 29 Batman’ killed in car crash

Larry Robinson was a viral star known for visiting children's hospitals.


Imad Khan

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 17, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:42 am CDT

Larry B. Robinson, known as the Route 29 Batman, was killed in a car accident on Sunday.

Robinson, 51, had pulled over to the side of the road attempting to deal with some engine issues when a Toyota Camry struck his car just off Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Maryland. He was returning home following a car show in West Virginia. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Robinson received international attention when a video went viral of him being pulled over by Montgomery County police. The officers were stunned to find a man in a bat costume inside a black Lamborghini.

Robinson was somewhat of a local hero. After selling his plumbing business, Robinson donned the cape to visit sick kids at children’s hospitals, giving away toys and taking pictures.

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

Update 10:38pm CT, Aug. 17: D.C. Comics has publicly mourned the loss of Robinson.

H/T Washington Post | Photo via Shannon Veerkamp/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2015, 7:20 pm CDT