I had pulled up to a downtown restaurant and had gotten out of my Sterling, put money in the meter and was starting to walk away when I noticed a high sitting 4x4 about to park in the space ahead of my car. I watched with trepidation as he tried to parallel park his big rig. He started to back in and was over my hood when I hit my remote alarm and it went off grabbing everyone/s attention including the 4x4 3 inches from hitting my hood with his trailer hitch. He got out and was stunned that my car was there. He couldn't see it in his mirror and he did not notice it when he started to park. Thank god I have a remote for my car, with a panic button on it- cause I was in a panic.