'Batman' killed after being struck by own Batmobile

A BIG-hearted Batman who drove a custom-made Batmobile in the US and visited sicked children has been killed after his famous vehicle broke down.

Lenny B. Robinson, the 51-year-old Maryland man, was struck by a car on Interstate 70 Sunday night near Hagerstown, Maryland, the Washington Post reported.

He was coming home from a car show in West Virginia.

Robinson had just stopped at a petrol station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, Maryland state police in Hagerstown said.

Robinson gave the kids some superhero paraphernalia before leaving about the same time as his new acquaintances.

When they saw him pull over, they did the same and witnessed the 10:30 p.m. accident, police said.

Robinson was having engine trouble and stopped "partially in the fast lane," according to a police news release.

He was checking the engine when the Batmobile was struck by a Toyota Camry.

The Batmobile then hit him. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

More on this story at the NZ Herald