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Anniversary of next of kin law reminds Ohioans to register

Residents of the Buckeye state got a reminder that it’s never too late to fill out a form that quickly informs next of kin when someone dies. (WKEF/WRGT)

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Around the 9-year anniversary of Ohio’s next of kin law, residents of the Buckeye state got a reminder that it’s never too late to fill out a form that quickly informs next of kin when someone dies.

Carmela Wiant did heavy lifting to get the law passed in 2008. Her son David died in a crash when his van hydroplaned in 2006 in Columbus.

She was told over the phone about his death, and the person on the other end didn’t even really know who she was. So Wiant began her push for legislation to better inform surviving family members.

“And that’s what my goal is, and it’s a hard goal for me, you know,” Wiant said. “It’s sad, but for other families, if I can help one family be with their loved one as soon as an accident happens.”

If you want to add next of kin to your license, you can. It can be done through the BMV website, and you do not have to wait until your license is renewed to make the change.

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