Woman who was shot in head released from GMC
DANVILLE - Three weeks after she was shot in the head and discovered along Irish Valley Road, a Milton woman has been released from the hospital.
A nursing supervisor reported Saturday that Salicia Yost, 20, of Milton was released from Geisinger Medical Center on Friday. She had been hospitalized since Feb. 8 after doctors, treating her for what was believed to be a wound from a motor-vehicle accident, discovered she had been shot.
A passer-by found Yost alone inside a vehicle registered out of state that appeared to have crashed into a snow pile along Irish Valley Road, three miles north of Shamokin. After the bullet wound was confirmed with police, an attempted homicide investigation was launched.
Two men, Rafael Diroche, 28, of 250 S. Poplar St., Apt. 3, Mount Carmel, and Esteven Soto, 30, of 1752 Walton Ave., 6A, Bronx, N.Y, were charged with gun and drug possession charges later on the day Yost was found. While both were questioned, neither man nor anyone else has been charged with the shooting.
Diroche and Soto are set to appear for rescheduled preliminary hearings Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, of Mount Carmel.
Yost's cousin, Angela Melius, 38, told The News-Item on Feb. 11 that the victim was in a medically induced coma. On Feb. 15, she posted online that Yost was still in the intensive care unit. Doctors had tried to remove her breathing tube, but her throat closed up she wrote, noting doctors planned to try it again.
By Feb. 26, Yost's condition had been upgraded from critical to serious.
Melius had created a gofundme web page to solicit donations for family members who were staying by Yost's side at the hospital.