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Dickinson man charged after rear-ending parked vehicle, injuring child

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Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

A New Town child has been transported to a hospital in Hennepin, Minn., and a Dickinson man has been charged with aggravated reckless driving after the vehicle the child was in was rear-ended by the man’s pickup while parked on a roadside about 2 miles west of New Town late Tuesday night.

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Tyrone Youngbear had been driving a 2000 Chevrolet Prizm when it broke down along Second Street Northwest, just off Highway 23, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Youngbear parked the car with its lights on partially in the driving lane and partially on the shoulder. He left the vehicle to get help while four passengers, Jenny Whiteowl, 23 of New Town, and three children – ages 5, 4 and 3 – remained in the vehicle.

Dustin Johnson, a 31-year-old from Dickinson, was driving southbound along the road in a 2011 Ford F-350 pickup when he became distracted and failed to see Youngbear’s vehicle.

Johnson’s pickup rear-ended the car and both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lane.

Whiteowl and the three children were transported by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Minot, where she and two of the children were treated and released. One of the children was transported by air ambulance to Minnesota for further care.

It is unknown if the children in the vehicle were in safety restraints.

Neither Johnson nor his passenger, 26-year-old Justin Kalbaugh of Dickinson, were injured.

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