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Upper West Side Ballet Dancer Dies Weeks After Being Struck by Truck: NYPD

By Emily Frost | September 23, 2016 3:26pm
 George Mamales, 85, was hit by a truck and later died of his injuries, police said.
George Mamales, 85, was hit by a truck and later died of his injuries, police said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A Korean war veteran who was an accomplished ballet dancer died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a truck while crossing the street near his home, according to police and his obituary.

George Mamales, 85, was crossing West 93rd Street at West End Avenue when he was struck by a truck making a left turn onto West End Avenue on Aug. 23, police said. 

The 2004 Freightliner box truck was heading westbound on West 93rd Street when it hit Mamales, who suffered head trauma, around 3:50 p.m., police said. 

He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital where he died on Sept. 11. 

The driver remained on the scene and has not been charged. The NYPD is continuing to investigate, police said. 

Mamales was struck just a block from his home on Riverside Drive, police said. 

"He loved dance and had a beautiful inner circle of close friends who will miss him dearly," read ​an obituary in The New York Times.

He reportedly served in the Korean War, trained with the San Francisco Ballet and the School of American Ballet, had an extensive professional ballet career and taught ballet and Pilates.

"A committed advocate for health and wellness, George taught by example, exercising daily, juicing and living a healthy and inspired life," the obit added.