Just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Hissabel Flores-Manzana was returning to Conroe from celebrating her eighteenth birthday with her grandparents 14 year-old sister. While sitting at the red light of Navajo and SH 105 West, 27 year-old Wayne pickup truck driven by Richard Compton, struck them from behind. The impact drove the SUV through the intersection, flipping the vehicle into an open lot. Compton’s truck slammed into a utility pole, dropping the upper power lines on top of other lower power lines and disrupting power to the area.
After Compton fled the scene on foot, Lake Conroe firefighters and MCHD medics arrived to find 56 year-old Betty Manzanares dead in the back seat and Santos Flores wounded with a large laceration to the head. In the front both driver and passenger suffered only minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Compton rode with another person to the Conroe Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken wrist before being transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Compton, who was arrested in 2006 for a previous DWI, currently remains there on charges of intoxication, manslaughter, intoxication assault, two counts of aggravated assault, causing serious bodily injury and accident involving death.
Entergy crews worked until almost noon to restore power. Troopers remained on the scene investigating the crash until 10 a.m.. The investigation included putting the vehicles back in their original position just before impact.