Saturday, September 23, 2023


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.



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  1. “Leaving the Scene” was not among Wayne Compton’s charges. Why? I would like to use a small car or motorcycle to save gas for future generations. As long as our laws allow drunks like Wayne Compton to barrel at me with 6 tons of diesel powered steel, I will continue to pay the extra money and drive my “monster truck.”

  2. Condolences to the family on their loss. Congrats Mr. Compton you ruined a family and now you are going to get “ruined” in prison by Bubba.

  3. Why do these repeat DWIs make bail when it is common sense that they are going to keep driving drunk until their next trial? Maybe, since he killed someone this time, he will stay locked up for a while and keep others alive and safer. The reason law makers don’t make stiffer sentences for DWI and especially repeat offenders is because a lot of them are alcoholics/drink heavily and they’d be in a big mess if caught, even though they are privileged citizens.

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