A YOUNG Frenchman was killed in a hit-and-run just 24 hours before he was to move into a new apartment.
The man, named locally as Gabriel Jean Lege (25), died despite desperate efforts by surgeons at Cork University Hospital (CUH) to stabilise his condition after he was knocked down on Halloween night in Cork city centre.
Supt Barry McPolin appealed to the driver of the white Ford Transit van involved in the incident on George's Quay, just off Cork city centre, to contact them.
"We would urge the driver to make contact with us and we would also appeal to anyone who may have seen a vehicle matching that description on George's Quay or the routes leading around it on Thursday night to help our investigation," he said.
The incident occurred shortly after 9.30pm, when the city centre was packed with Halloween partygoers and late night shoppers.
Mr Lege, who had been in Ireland for almost three years and recently joined Apple's Cork operation, was walking back to his temporary accommodation when the tragedy occurred.
He was struck by a white Ford Transit van, which failed to stop and disappeared in the Sullivan's Quay direction.
Mr Lege received assistance from a number of passers-by before paramedics and gardai arrived on the scene within minutes. The incident occurred less than 1km from Angelsea Street garda station.
The injured man was rushed to CUH but despite desperate efforts by surgeons to save him, he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.
He suffered multiple injuries, including severe head trauma.
Mr Lege originally lived near Sables d'Olonne in the Vendee, France, and his parents were scheduled to fly into Cork last night to make arrangements for returning his body to France.
Gardai sealed off the scene at George's Quay to conduct a detailed analysis and also interviewed a number of eye-witnesses about the incident.
Officers also began a detailed examination of CCTV security camera footage in the area in a bid to identity the registration number of the van and the driver involved.
Eyewitnesses said the vehicle was a white Ford Transit van with distinctive green or blue-coloured signage on its side. It is believed there was a passenger in the front seat.