Illegal Alien Arrested for Deadly Crash That Killed Democrat Senator’s Advisor

Police have arrested an illegal alien from Honduras over a fatal car crash in Nevada that killed a father-of-one.

Kurt Englehart, a senior adviser to Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), was killed in the deadly two-vehicle crash on April 6.

18-year-old illegal alien Elmer Rueda-Linares is the suspected driver of the vehicle that caused the crash before fleeing the scene.

The collision occurred on Kietzke and Peckham Lanes, about five miles south of Downtown Reno, Nevada.

Rueda-Linares was detained at the border in 2021 and then released into the interior of the United States by Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed.

The illegal alien was initially charged with a felony hit-and-run, the Reno Gazaette Joyrbal reported, citing the sheriff’s office.

However, prosecutors reduced the charges to failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Rueda-Linares is currently being held at Washoe County Jail in Reno on $100,000 bail.

Federal officers placed an immigration detainer on Rueda-Linares on April 8.

ICE told Fox News that Rueda-Linares entered the U.S. on March 12, 2021.

He crossed the border illegally at or near the Rio Grande City, Texas, Port of Entry without inspection by an immigration official.

Border Patrol arrested him, and he was later released on his own recognizance on June 22, 2021.

A spokesperson for Cortez Masto said in a statement that the lawmaker “looks forward to justice being served and has confidence in the local police and prosecutors.”

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Following the death, Cortez Mastro praised Englehart and offered her condolences.

“For the past eight years, Kurt proudly served in both my campaign and official offices,” she wrote.

“A beloved figure across the state, Kurt was always eager to help a constituent at a moment’s notice.

“He touched many lives and I know almost everyone in northern Nevada has a great story about Kurt helping them or making them laugh.

“Kurt was a dedicated public servant, a loyal friend, and a loving father.”

“Our prayers are with his family, loved ones, and colleagues during this devastating time.

“We will miss him dearly.”

An obituary for Englehart states that he graduated from Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, Ohio.

He attended Zane State in Zanesville and Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where he earned degrees in political science and public administration.

Englehart worked for then-President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign and spent most of his career working for Cortez Masto.

He most recently served as senior advisor to Cortez Masto in her official office in Reno.

“Regardless of his position, Kurt was purpose-driven in his dedication to advocate for others and cultivate a democracy that is accessible to everyone,” the obituary reads.

“He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those in rural Nevada and he was especially motivated in his support for Indigenous communities, cattlemen, miners, and underrepresented populations.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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