A Naperville North High School teacher allegedly rented a Toyota GR Supra from a San Antonio native, Giovanni Morales, to race in a speed competition in Beeville, Texas with his students.
In a report by Fox News, the incident started when the teacher, Gregory Ditch, and his students were heading to the racing event with a truck that was built to break a land speed record. The truck, however, became inoperable before the event, prompting Ditch to use the Supra he rented.
According to Morales, Ditch rented the vehicle for approximately three days through Turo. The latter, however, didn't inform the former that the car would be used in a racing event. When the car was returned, Morales said that he noticed that something wasn't right. He then saw photos and videos on social media of the Supra being used in a racing competition, allegedly causing damages worth nearly $4,000.
Morales said that all of the Supra's tires were worn due to excessive use, plus it was driven at speeds over 160 miles per hour. The brakes also needed replacement.
Ditch allegedly told Morales that he rented the Toyota Supra to have something nice to drive, but there was no talk of racing.
Turo launched a third-party investigation confirming that Ditch violated terms and conditions when renting a car. Of note, the Turo app explicitly mentioned in its terms that racing a rented vehicle is prohibited.
Turo released a statement saying that it was saddened that the incident didn't meet its high standards. The company has been actively investigating the matter and has been in contact with the two parties.
Naperville North High School said in a statement that it's also currently investigating the incident, and emphasized that it will continue to value the accomplishments of the students participating in the school club. Meanwhile, Ditch denied the allegations in the Fox News interview and claimed that the car was not rented through Turo.