Gardaí in Galway have appealed to a motorist who left the scene of a fatal collision to come forward.

A woman in her 50s died after being struck by a vehicle near Pairicin's Bar  in Na Forbacha (Furbo) on Wendnesday evening.

This incident happened on the Bearna to An Spideál road, sometime after 6:15pm. 

The woman had disembarked from a bus that was travelling from Connemara to Galway city.

She got off at a bus stop opposite Furbo beach and was walking westwards, facing oncoming traffic, when she was hit by a car.

Gardaí are working on the assumption that the lady may have been waiting to cross the road when she was struck by the vehicle, around 150 metres from the bus stop.

The driver of the car failed to stop and left the scene.

The woman was found by the roadside around 30 to 40 minutes after gardaí believe the incident took place.

She had sustained serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway, just before 7:30pm, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

It is understood she was from the Aran Islands and may have travelled to the mainland last evening, before boarding the bus towards Galway.

She has been formally identified but her name has not been released to allow for family members to be informed about the tragedy.

Gardaí believe that a 2004 to 2007 model Toyota Corolla was involved in this collision.

Detectives at Salthill Garda Station are leading the investigation and they have appealed to the driver to come forward. 

The road in question would have been quite busy at the time, with commuters travelling to and from Connemara.

Gardaí are asking anyone who was on the route between 6:15 and 7:15 last evening to contact them. 

They’re particularly keen to access any camera or dash cam footage from motorists who were on the road during that time. 

An incident room has been set up at Salthill Garda Station and anyone with information can contact 091 514 720.