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

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.

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.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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