Man charged with manslaughter in connection with John Carroll alumna’s death

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE OCT. 2, 2015: Tuscaloosa investigators have charged Jeffrey Hoggle, 22, with manslaughter.

UPDATE: The funeral for Catherine Virgona will be Friday, September 25 at the Holy Infant Church.

Courtesy Facebook.
Courtesy Facebook.

Visitation is at 9 a.m. and the funeral will follow at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served in the church hall afterward.

ORIGINAL: 23-year-old John Carroll alumna Catherine Virgona was killed in an early Saturday morning single vehicle wreck.

Virgona was the passenger in an SUV that police say struck a guard rail around 1 a.m. on I-359 Southbound at I-20/59.

According to Tuscaloosa Police, the driver of the vehicle is a 22-year-old male who was transported to DCH for treatment.

Police say the cause of the wreck is under investigation by both the Homicide Unit and the Tuscaloosa PD Accident Reconstruction Unit.

John Carroll Catholic High School posted the statement below on their Facebook page:


According to Virgona’s Facebook profile, she had recently started work as a physical therapist, but before she left the University of Alabama, she worked as a cheerleading coach at Bama Cheer Xtreme in Northport.

“She well into place doing what she loved to do,” said Anquetta Shealey, the owner of Bama Cheer Xtreme. “It wasn’t like a job to her really.”

Shealey said Virgona taught 5- and 6-year-olds, and that the children loved her.

While Virgona hadn’t taught a class recently due to her busy schedule, Shealey said she always stayed in touch and offered to help whenever she could.

“It was very devastating– very eye opening,” Shealey said. “A huge loss, a big shocker. It sort of reassures us that we are not invincible and at some point, we all have to answer that call.”

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