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* Thaddeus Banks Jr. of Vallejo died after his Suzuki motorcycle crashed following alleged pursuit

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Vallejo police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that began with a pursuit by California State Parks police on Friday.Thaddeus Banks Jr., 22, of Vallejo, died after his Suzuki motorcycle hit a vehicle and crashed on Columbus Parkway and Regents Park Drive around 3:30 p.m. Friday, Vallejo police Sgt. Kenny Park said.He was taken to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Park said.Banks was being pursued by California State Parks police on Interstate Highway 780 before the crash, Park said.Roy Stearns, a spokesman for State Parks police, referred questions about why Banks was being pursued to Vallejo police.A State Parks police officer stopped chasing Banks when he started driving recklessly, Park said. The police officer then came upon the scene of the collision on Columbus Parkway.Banks attended Vallejo High School and Benicia High School, which he transferred to his senior year, Benicia High School athletic director Craig Holden said. He played on the varsity basketball team there.”He was a tall kid and a good athlete. He could rebound and score. He was an easy-going kid with a lot of friends and a nice demeanor,” Holden said.

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