A young man from Inverness and a teenage girl from Homosassa were killed after they were ejected from their car Monday afternoon in southern Lecanto.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) notified the locals' next of kin, according to the agency later that evening in a news release about the 3:20 p.m. single-vehicle crash.

Due to Florida's Marsy's Law, FHP is no longer releasing motorist identities in news releases, according to agency spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

"The kind of 'information' that is proactively provided through press releases is not mandated by law," Gaskins said in a statement.

Gaskins said names will be made public in finalized traffic homicide investigation reports.

According to FHP, the 17-year-old girl was driving a gold Buick Century west on East Stage Coach Trail and failed to negotiate a curve for unknown reasons near the intersection with Trail 11B, of the Withlacoochee State Forest. 

As a result, the car went off the road, spun and overturned, ejecting the girl and the 18-year-old man, who both weren't wearing seatbelts, FHP's release shows.

Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to FHP, and medics airlifted the girl to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.