GARDAI are hunting the driver of a white van after a fatal hit and run in Cork city centre.
The incident occurred shortly after 9.30pm when the city centre was packed with Halloween party goers and late night shoppers.
The accident occurred on George’s Quay as a 25 year old pedestrian, believed to be a French national, was attempting to cross the road with some friends.
He was struck by a white van, possibly a Ford Transit, which did not remain at the scene, some 200m from the city centre.
It disappeared in the Sullivan’s Quay direction.
The injured man received impromptu assistance from a number of passersby before paramedics and gardai were on the scene within minutes.
The incident occurred less than 1km from Angelsea Street Garda Station.
The man was rushed to hospital but, despite desperate efforts by surgeons to stabilise his condition, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
He is believed to have sustained multiple injuries including severe head trauma.
Gardai sealed off the scene to conduct a detailed analysis and also interviewed a number of eye-witnesses about the tragedy.
Officers also began a detailed analysis of CCTV security camera footage in the area in a bid to identity to registration number of the van and the driver involved.
Eye-witnesses said the vehicle involved was a white van with distinctive green-coloured advertising signage.
Gardai have refused to identify the deceased until all relatives have been notified.