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Local Batman Killed in Tragic Car Accident

By: Allan M. Siegel

In the comics and movies, Batman always survives at the end. Unfortunately, on a recent Sunday night in August, real-life Batman Lenny Robinson was killed in a car accident on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Maryland. Mr. Robinson had gained national recognition for his work visiting ill children in hospitals in the DC-area dressed as Batman. He even had bought his own Batmobile to drive to the hospitals.

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On Sunday August 16, 2015, a little after 10:00 p.m., Mr. Robinson was traveling home from a car show in West Virginia when he began having engine trouble on an unlit stretch of Interstate 70. He pulled over and a family he had just met at a gas station pulled behind him and put on its hazard lights. Mr. Robinson had pulled over onto the median, but was still “partially in the fast lane” according to the state police. Mr. Robinson got out of his car and was checking the engine when a Toyota Camry slammed into the Batmobile, propelling the car into Robinson, killing him.

The cause of the accident, and why the driver of the Camry failed to see Mr. Robinson’s vehicle or avoid the collision is still under investigation. All that is known is that Mr. Robinson’s family, and the community as a whole suffered a tragic loss. A man who had dedicated the last several years to helping sick children is gone because of an apparently avoidable accident.

If your car ever starts to breakdown on the road, it is important to make sure to get your car as far off of the road as is safely possible, and to put your emergency hazards immediately. It is also important that when you get out of the car you stay away from the lanes of travel, and call for assistance as soon as possible. This incident also reaffirms the importance of making sure you pay full attention to the road in front of you. We do not yet know why the driver of the Camry failed to see Mr. Robinson’s vehicle before impact, but it is important to remember a moment of distraction can have catastrophic consequences. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in automobile accidents involving distracted drivers, and approximately 424,000 people were injured. If you are sending a text message, your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to drive the length of a football field. It’s especially important to pay attention when driving at night, particularly in poorly lit areas, such as the stretch of Interstate 70 where Mr. Robinson was killed.

Our auto accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have helped countless families who have lost loved ones in car accidents. We understand that after such a great loss, having someone there to help during such trying times, is often just as, if not more, important than any monetary compensation. If your or someone you love has been seriously injured in an automobile accident, please call us today for a free consultation.