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Lancaster County woman charged in fatal OD of York County man

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Photo illustration by Dawn J. Sagert

Lower Windsor Township Police have accused a Lancaster County woman of providing drugs to a township man who later overdosed on them and died.

Samantha Marie Criswell, 30, of the 300 block of East Market Street in Marietta, remains free on $75,000 unsecured bail, according to court records. That means she didn't have to post cash to remain free but could forfeit that amount if she misses court proceedings.

Criswell is charged with the felonies of drug delivery resulting in death, drug possession with intent to deliver and child endangerment, plus the misdemeanor of involuntary manslaughter, court records state.

She's accused of causing the death of Tracy William Beck, 22, of Lower Windsor Township, who died Aug. 8, 2019, in his Massa Drive home, police said.

According to charging documents, Criswell and Beck both injected "speedballs," which are a combination of a stimulant and an opioid — in this case, methamphetamine and fentanyl. Both thought the opioid was heroin, documents state.

Beck started to overdose and Criswell dragged him to the shower to try to revive him,  but it didn't work, police said.

She gave him a dose of naloxone, which counteracts the effects of opioids, started performing CPR and called 911, charging documents state.

Emergency crews were unable to revive Beck, police said.

Endangerment charge: Criswell is charged with child endangerment because as she was writing a statement for police in Beck's home, her then-13-month-old son picked up a gum wrapper that held fentanyl and generic Valium, charging documents allege.

The child wasn't hurt, documents indicate.

Beck died of mixed substance toxicity, which included fentanyl and amphetamine, according to charging documents.

Criswell could not be reached for comment on Friday.

She was arraigned Wednesday on her charges, court records state.

Also known as Tracy Della Penna, Beck worked construction, loved the outdoors and was always willing to take on handyman projects for people in need of help, according to his obituary.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.