Driver gets 6-month jail sentence in death of teen on bike

A 27-year-old West Friendship man will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to driving while impaired in the death of a 16-year-old Elkridge boy who had snuck out of his house around midnight with to bicycle to a local convenience store with two friends.

Aaron Jacob Lorsong, a Ph.D. student and medical researcher, hit the rear of Benjamin Wortman's bicycle on Route 108 about a mile from the youth's home at 12:34 a.m. Aug. 28, 2009. Lorsong told police the boy was in the roadway in front of his Nissan Altima. Wortman died later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, but his donated organs helped five people, his family said.

Police found heroin in Lorsong's pocket, said that his eyes were constricted and that he failed a field sobriety test, but officers never tested his blood for alcohol. He blew a .05 on the breathalyzer, which is lower than the legal limit of .08, according to information presented to Howard County Circuit Judge Timothy J. McCrone. Lorsong admitted he is a heroin addict, and also pleaded guilty to possession of the drug.

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